David Perdue: Roy Moore should exit Ala. Senate race if allegations true

U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), left, with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) earlier this week on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s junior U.S. senator cast doubt on the political future of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday, shortly after allegations surfaced that the Republican initiated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl several decades ago.

Republican David Perdue said Moore should withdraw from the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the Washington Post’s reporting about the former judge proves to be true.

“It’s early, we don’t know all the facts, obviously. But these allegations are very serious and if they’re true then in my opinion he should step down and withdraw from the race,” Perdue said in an interview taped Thursday that will air Sunday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers.”

Several of Perdue’s Senate Republican colleagues echoed his remarks on Thursday, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Their response came hours after the Post published a story detailing Moore’s prior relationships with four girls under the age of 18, including a woman who said Moore made sexual advances on her when she was just 14.

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was unavailable to comment on Thursday afternoon.

Moore fiercely denied the allegations and on Thursday did not say whether he would step aside.

Perdue had offered his support to Moore after the firebrand won the Alabama Republican Senate runoff in late September, besting the more establishment-oriented Luther Strange.

“I look forward to working with him to advance President Donald J. Trump’s agenda,” Perdue said of Moore in a Sept. 27 Facebook post. “Now let’s all unite behind Roy so we can keep our majority and continue working to make America great again.”

Asked Thursday about whether Strange should mount a write-in bid for the seat, Perdue said its a possibility that’s being discussed in Washington.

“It’s not impossible,” he said.

“Let’s see what happens on the facts and how Judge Moore reacts to it,” he added.

Alabama voters are scheduled to pick Sessions’ successor on Dec. 12.

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BetterDog
BetterDog

Is your child being taught Global Citizenship at their school  If so you should be very alarmed and concerned.  This is all about raising your child as a communist /socialist.  You need to look into this.  Like today. 

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

Repugs were VERY quick to throw Moore under the bus yesterday.   This ultra-conservative, nutcase faction of the Repug party, scares establishment Repugs to no end and they are acting quickly to stunt their rise.  If ONLY, the Repugs had acted similarly to stop that perennial moron, trump when they had the chance.

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

Hannity's co-host defended Moore against the allegations by claiming the sexual relationship Moore had with 14-year-old Corfman "was consensual," to which Hannity agreed.

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

Want to hear from the Evangelicals who elected trump.....Moore's behavior ....ok....?

HowdyJune
HowdyJune

I don't agree with Roy Moore, but these are just allegations at this point.  Both sides need to be heard and evidence considered before rushing to any judgment.

PupnTaco
PupnTaco

@HowdyJune Claims against Spacey and Weinstein are only allegations at this point as well, but...

BetterDog
BetterDog

Sen. Perdue had better get this tax reform done.  That's what he needs to work on.  We are all waiting Sen. Perdue.  Quit wasting time on these Schumer/McConnell schemes. 

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

What a stupid statement; of course he should step aside if they are true. But what if they are NOT true? How do you prove a lie is not true after 38 years?

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

Funny how all the Republicans in Washington are urging him Moore to drop out but didn't say anything about the multiple accusations against Trump for the same things. I'd like to think it means they've gotten tired of nutcases, but I suspect it simply means they don't think Moore can win. 

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Nice to see the AJC put the news story on its web site behind the livefyre thing, so we paying subscribers cannot comment.


I would suggest Senator Perdue should mind the JOB we pay him to do and focus on passing an aggressive tax cut package, reconciled with the House version, before Christmas, retroactive for 2017, as promised. Why isn't he commenting on the Senate's apparent betrayal of it's GOP base, calling out the corrupt Senators? 


No, he'd rather jump on the bandwagon of accusations made by a political hit machine. Leave Roy Moore to the Alabama voters, where the issue belongs. Or, if you want to harp on past potential bad behavior, please demonstrate at least a BIT of public disgust for John McCain's role in the S&L scandal.


Tax cuts. Tax cuts. Tax cuts. Focus on your job.

ssinf
ssinf

@DawgDadII trump is on camera admitting to sexual assault. I have no idea why it's suddenly a bad thing when Roy Moor does it.

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