The Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader are now both on record calling for Judge Roy Moore (R-AL) to drop out of the Senate race in Alabama.
House Speaker Paul Ryan called allegations leveled against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore about pursuing relationships with teenage girls and committing sexual assault “credible” and that he should step aside.
“He should step aside,” Ryan told CNN Tuesday morning. “Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values that he claims to care about, then he should step aside.”
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was even more direct:
REPORTER: Is the burden [of proof] on Moore to prove these [allegations] false, versus someone to prove these are true in this situation? Or do you believe these allegations to be true?
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL: I believe the women, yes…
REPORTER: Are you calling for him to step down from the Senate race?
MCCONNELL: I did, I think he should step aside.
REPORTER: Are you encouraging a write-in campaign with Sen. Strange?
MCCONNELL: That is an option. We’re looking at whether or not there is someone who could mount a write-in campaign successfully.
Whatever comes next, Judge Moore faces a steep uphill battle to be the next Senator from Alabama.