Republican Senate Fundraising Arm Bails on Roy Moore

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The revelations have produced a wave of concern among anxious Republican officials in Washington but little more than a collective shrug from many Republicans in Alabama, which holds a special election on December 12 to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who backed Moore's candidacy, condemned the Washington Post as part of the "opposition party" after it made the allegations public. "Like most Americans the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life".

Now Republicans have to decide how to respond if their current position on the allegations - that Moore should drop out if the allegations are proven true - runs its course.

In an extensive report published Thursday, The Post detailed the allegations against Moore by the then-14-year-old and three other girls who were between the ages of 16 and 18 when they said the incidents occurred.

Roy Moore's brother reportedly defended him against allegations of sexual conduct with a minor, comparing the situation to the persecution of Jesus Christ, according to CNN.

In the face of massive backlash from both within the GOP and without, the 70-year-old Moore seems to have found an advocate in Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, who invoked the relationship between Mary and Joseph to defend the former judge's sexual misdemeanours.

Bannon is calling the Post an "apparatus of the Democratic Party" and notes it was among the first to report the "Access Hollywood" tape that caught Trump using sexually predatory language in 2005. "It's ludicrous. It makes me want to rip the church back from these people".

Just this week, he allegedly stated that "transgenders don't have rights". Another three women also claim Mr. Moore pursued them as teenagers as well. His campaign denied the report as "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation".

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I strongly urge the Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth.

Moore explained that he rejects calls for him to recuse himself from the Senate race because he "had nothing to do with this".

"Moore later sent out a series of tweets blaming "The Obama-Clinton Machine's liberal media lapdogs, ' referring to 'the forces of evil" arrayed against him and fellow conservatives who 'are in the midst of a spiritual battle.'. That's why I must be able to count on the help of God-fearing conservatives like you to stand with me at this critical moment".

Zeigler said that even if the allegations against Moore are true, it's "much ado about nothing".

Jonathan Gray, a Republican consultant in Alabama who is not working with any of the Senate candidates this year, was more pointed: "I think it was already perfectly well stated that no one in Alabama gives a s-- what Mitch McConnell or John McCain thinks we should do".

Zeigler also questioned the truthfulness of the allegation and noted Moore's strong denial. We'll get to the NRSC story in a monent, but it's set up by this interview from yesterday between the state's top election official, Secretary of State John Merrill, and CNN's Erin Burnett.

It's the distance that would matter to the state Republican party, and more so for the national party.

A number of GOP senators - and President Trump - have cautiously said that Moore should exit the race, if the allegations are true.

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