- The Washington Times - Monday, December 4, 2017

Rep. Jim Himes said Monday that President Trump’s support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore shows he values partisanship over the good of the country.

“It’s sort of the ultimate raising of party and near-term political objectives over country and frankly over morality,” Mr. Himes, Connecticut Democrat, said on CNN.

Mr. Moore is running as the Republican candidate to fill Alabama’s Senate seat left vacate when Jeff Sessions became the attorney general. Mr. Moore, a former state chief justice, has been accused by several women of making sexual advances on them when they were teenagers and he was in an adult working as a district attorney.

“Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump would rather have Roy Moore, with all that he represents, in the Senate than a Democrat, which tells you something awful about the state of partisan affairs in the United States today,” Mr. Himes said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other top Republicans have in fact called for Mr. Moore to step down, but he has remained committed to staying in the race. Recently, Mr. McConnell said it’s up to the voters of Alabama to decide, The Associated Press reported.



Mr. Moore cannot be taken off the ballot according to Alabama state law since absentee ballots were sent out weeks ago with his name on them. 

Mr. Trump, after weeks of remaining on the sidelines of the debate, endorsed Mr. Moore in a tweet Monday morning.

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”

Kayla Moore, Mr. Moore’s wife, posted on Facebook that her husband spoke to the president on Monday.

“Judge Moore just got off the phone with President Trump-we have his full support! Thank you Mr. President! Let’s MAGA,” Mrs. Moore posted.

The election is set for Dec. 12.

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