Another Republican Resigns Over The Party's Support of Roy Moore

December 11, 2017Dec 11, 2017

Another member of the Republican National Committee resigned over the weekend. The committeewoman, Joyce Simmons, cited her disagreement with the RNC over its support for Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, reported The Hill

Joyce Simmons, a RNC member from Nebraska, submitted her resignation to RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Dec. 8. She followed the example of Kurt Bardella, who resigned last week.

In a statement issued on Monday, Simmons explained her reasons for cutting ties with the national Republican Party. She said she could not condone the parties continued support of Roy Moore after he was accused of romantically and sexually pursuing teenage girls.

“I strongly disagree with the recent RNC financial support directed to the Alabama Republican Party for use in the Roy Moore race,” Simmons said in a statement.

In her statement, Simmons also pointed to the comments by Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby. Shelby has criticized Moore, and he said over the weekend that the state could "do better."

Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn't vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore in the special election.

Shelby told CNN that he's already voted in the special election, but he did not vote for Moore. Instead, he chose a write-in candidate.

"I'd rather see the Republican win, but I'd rather see a Republican write-in. I couldn't vote for Roy Moore. I didn't vote for Roy Moore," Shelby told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

The Alabama senator added that he thinks he has no reason not to believe these women, adding that where there's "a lot of smoke, there's got to be some fire somewhere."

"(W)e call it a tipping point," Shelby said. "I think, so many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip—when it got to the 14-year-old's story, that was enough for me. I said I can't vote for Roy Moore."

Simmons said in her statement: “There is much I could say about the situation but I will defer to this weekend’s comments by Senator Shelby. I will miss so many of you that I knew well; and I wish I could have continued my service to the national Republican Party that I used to know well.”

Initially, the RNC initially cut ties with Moore. However, after President Trump endorsed Moore, the party reinstated their funding.

Results of the special election will come out on Tuesday. Right now, different polls have very different outcomes.

A RealClearPolitics average of polls has Moore leading Jones by 2.5 points. A Fox News survey released Monday found Jones ahead by 10, while an Emerson survey released over the weekend showed Moore in the lead by 9 points. 

In other news, Obama refuses to stay out of a politics. He's telling people in Alabama how to vote. 

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