News just broke that John Rogers, the communications director for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, just announced that he is resigning. This story was first reported by the Washingtonian on Wednesday.
Apparently, Rogers confirmed his resignation by telephone, although he declined to give further comments on why he came to the decision. However, the decision does come as Moore faces several allegations of misconduct. It is alleged that Roy Moore engaged in romantic and sexual relationships with teenagers when he was still in his 30s.
On Tuesday, President Trump came to the defense of the Alabama Republican, claiming that he is preferable to a liberal Democrat.
“He denies it. He totally denies it,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “Roy Moore denies it – that’s all I can say.”
Many Republicans, however, feel that the allegations against Moore disqualify him from the Senate. In particular, many establishment Republicans have refused to support the Alabama Republican, most notably Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, both of whom were already against Moore before of the accusations.
Reports are also claiming that the Republican National Committee (RNC) is cuttings all funding to GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, thereby departing from President Trump.
"The RNC is pulling out of a joint fundraising agreement it had with Moore, according to a senior party official briefed on the decision," writes Politico. "It is also canceling a field program it had set up ahead of the state’s Dec. 12 special election. The committee had about a dozen paid canvassers in Alabama working for Moore. It will no longer transfer any money to the race."
Despite these career-crippling accusations, Moore has vehemently denied the allegations against him. He has also vowed to remain in the race. "We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone,” his campaign said on Monday, according to Politico.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore wrote to Breitbart, immediately before the article by the Washington Post came to light.
“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” the statement read. “After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they surely would have been made public long before now.”
It appears that Alabama voters agree with Moore's assessment — they still support the judge, who is a staunch conservative, a populist ally of President Trump, and a defender of the right to life, according to the Daily Caller.
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