Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama ripped into GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore who has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers as young as 14 when he was in his 30s, saying Republicans can do better and “the state of Alabama deserves better.”
When asked if it would be fair to credit Trump for a Moore win, Shelby said, “I think Roy Moore has his own following regardless of whether the president’s involved or others. I don’t know what’s going to happen Tuesday. It depends on the turnout, and go from there.”
“But I do believe, and I’m going to say it again, the Republicans could do better,” Shelby said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The Alabama Republican said he’s already cast his ballot, and that 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.
The Alabama senator said he has no reason not to believe the women who have come forward, 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,” he said.
“I said, ‘I can’t vote for Roy Moore.’”
— CNN (@CNN) December 10, 2017