The Republican Party’s Senate campaign wing on Friday severed its fundraising agreement with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Federal Election Commission paperwork filed on Friday showed that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is no longer listed as part of a joint fundraising committee with Moore’s campaign.
It’s the most concrete step Senate Republicans have taken to separate themselves from Moore.
The move by the NRSC came a day after the Washington Post reported the accounts of four women who alleged that Moore, as a man in his 30s, had pursued them as teenagers. One of the woman said he initiated sexual contact with her as a 14-year-old, though they did not have intercourse.
Moore has adamantly denied the allegations and insisted he will remain in the race.
A slew of national Republicans have called on Moore to drop out of the race if the allegations are true. The party’s 2008 and 2012 presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney, have said the story itself is cause enough for Moore to step aside.
Throughout his Alabama Senate primary against Sen. Luther Strange, Moore pummeled the Republican establishment practically on a daily basis: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and strategist Karl Rove were his favorite punching bags.
But there was no love lost in either direction. A McConnell-backed super PAC dropped millions propping up Strange and casting Moore, who was twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for defying federal orders, as unfit for the Senate.
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SOURCE: Politico, Alex Isenstadt and Gabriel Debenedetti