Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday he doubts the Senate would seat Alabama’s former Chief Justice Roy Moore even if he’s elected.
“I think the Supreme Court has ruled that a duly elected senator needs to be sworn in, but then it’s up to the body itself to decide whether we want to expel a member,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said on CNN. “And I’m just saying what the reality of the situation is based on the folks I’m talking to. I really, seriously doubt that Judge Roy Moore would be serving as United States senator for very long.”
A recent Washington Post story reported that at least three young women claim Mr. Moore made sexual advances or pursuits of them when they were minors and he was in his 30s working as the district attorney. Although he denies the claims, top Republicans have called on Mr. Moore to drop out of the race and are even debating a possible write-in candidate.
Mr. Moore is currently running as the Republican candidate in the Alabama special election on Dec. 12 against Democrat Doug Jones.
“Again, I think the voters of Alabama are quite clear they want a Republican senator not a Democrat one, and he ought to take that into account,” Mr. Johnson said.