Republicans seem torn on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently reversed course on Moore, saying he would “let the people of Alabama make the call,” which seems to contrast with his earlier statements that he should step out of the race.
Other Republicans, such as Mitt Romney and Sen. Jeff Flake, have stuck to their guns, with Flake actually writing a check to support Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
Now, another Republican lawmaker has come out and denounced Moore in no uncertain terms.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger appeared on CNN, interviewed by Poppy Harlow, and took members of his own party to task for continuing to support Moore, despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with minors.
Harlow asked Kinzinger if he was “worried about what this division does to your party in the mid-terms,” referencing the GOP’s varying views on Moore’s eligibility for public service.
“Yep, and you would be crazy not to be,” Kinzinger said. “I believe we try to hold our elected officials to the highest values and the highest standard.”
“This Roy Moore thing to me is very disappointing for my party.”
The Illinois Rep. continued, noting that “I think these women’s accusations are very credible.”
Kinzinger also asked whether preserving the seat was even worth it for Republicans, especially if it means sacrificing their values.
“Look, 52 Senate seats or 51 Senate seats, really, it’s not going to have an appreciable difference,” he said. “To be a party that accepts the behavior of Roy Moore, I don’t want to be that party.”
“I’m going to continue to take a stand on it and if somebody wants to criticize me for that, that’s fine.”
Kinzinger ended the segment on Moore by saying that “I want to be able to look in the mirror and say I did everything I could with this moment I had.”
Harlow shifted the conversation to the GOP’s recent tax reform bill, with Kinzinger defending his vote by saying that his constituents will end up with “more money in their pockets.”
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