NRCC chairman and Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers said Thursday he would like the money he donated to Roy Moore returned after allegations surfaced that the Alabama Senate candidate made sexual advances on minors.
“I’ve subsequently asked for my money back. That was before these allegations came forward. I do believe these women and I think that Roy Moore should step aside,” Mr. Stivers, Ohio Republican, said on CNN.
Mr. Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, attended a fundraiser for Mr. Moore earlier this month with other Republican lawmakers prior to the allegations of sexual misconduct with several young women became public. Mr. Moore, a former state chief justice, is running for the Senate seat in Alabama after defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Strange.
A recent Washington Post story reported that several young women claim Mr. Moore made sexual advances or pursuits of them when they were between ages 14 and 18 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 Senate race and are even debating a possible write-in candidate.
Mr. Moore denies the allegations and so far has refused to drop out of the race.
Republicans are reportedly debating a write-in candidate since Mr. Moore’s name is already on the absentee ballots, which have already been distributed.