After Al Franken's resignation, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, called on Roy Moore to do the same. The Wisconsin lawmaker said the Alabama GOP Senate hopeful should drop out of the race over allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
“I think he should have dropped out,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference. “Just because the polling has changed doesn’t change my opinion on that, so I stand by what I said before.”
In a statement posted on the Speaker's website, he commented on the sexual abuse crisis facing the United States government.
“This morning, the House Committee on Administration is presently holding a wide-ranging hearing on our reporting and settlement process for sexual harassment," announced Ryan. "The goal of this hearing is to take a look at the entire system. We want to identify what reforms are needed to change the way things work."
However, Ryan isn't just focused on policy change. He also wants to change the culture.
“In addition to better policies to protect women, we also need a real culture change. We need to recognize that this is a pervasive problem—that women face not just here in Congress, but in every industry.
He concluded, “And this really is a watershed moment, and it needs to lead to lasting and positive change.
Ryan called on Moore to resign when the allegations first came out last month. At the time, Moore was accused of pursuing relationships—and in some cases sexually assaulted—teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
Moore, who was already a controversial figure before the allegations, will face Democrat Doug Jones at the polls in a Tuesday special election to replace Republican Jeff Sessions. Sessions resigned earlier this year to become President Trump’s attorney general.
"A Raycom News Network poll out this week showed that Moore had increased his lead over Jones, 50 percent to 43 percent," reported The Hill.
Ryan’s initial remarks came just moments before Sen. Al Franken took to the Senate floor to announce he would resign over his own sexual harassment allegations.
Do you agree with Ryan or would you vote for Moore if you live in Alabama? Let us know in the comments.
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