Roy Moore Taunts McConnell in Tweet, Promptly Gets Served

As the GOP considers how to deal with the situation
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2017 8:24 AM CST

(Newser) – A sixth accuser stepped forward on Wednesday to say that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore once grabbed her buttocks. And the fact that he is still a Senate candidate is causing no shortage of hand-wringing among Republicans. As BuzzFeed reports, senators have called for him to leave the race and severed their financial ties with his campaign. Moore's attitude last night? He tweeted, "Dear Mitch McConnell, Bring. It. On." It triggered this reply from Chris Hansen, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee: "Bring It On is a movie about high school cheerleaders." Even if he did leave the race, Moore's name will remain on the ballot. What can be done? That's the topic du jour, and the potential avenues are unusual ones. Where things stand:

  • Lean on Kay Ivey: Some GOPers are pushing Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to reschedule the special election, which might provide the breathing room necessary to get a new candidate in place. But BuzzFeed notes that Ivey isn't giving interviews and has thus far only "mechanically" repeated that the election will go ahead as planned on Dec. 12. The New York Times notes that it's extremely unlikely she'd push the date, in part because absentee voting is already underway.
  • A "drastic" option: Politico reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his advisers are considering another potential option: asking Sen. Luther Strange to resign, which would trigger another special election. Whether this is "even possible" is unclear.

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