Raleigh – Yesterday, the state’s top Republicans refused to condemn an alleged pedophile after a member of their own caucus announced he “wholeheartedly” supported Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Leader Berger, Speaker Moore, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest all faced questions from the News & Observer into whether they would put country over party. All of them refused to respond.
Meanwhile, NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin went on ABC 11 to stand with the women accusing Moore:
“For someone to put party above the safety of our women and children is just uncalled for and I’m shocked. It is, I believe, disrespectful and offensive to discount the women who have come forward and reported something that has bothered them for a long time.”
“This isn’t a hard question. Either you support an alleged pedophile for the U.S. Senate who believes being gay is a crime and that the last time America was great was under slavery or you don’t,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “By refusing to comment, we see just where Leader Berger’s, Speaker Moore’s, Lt. Governor Forest’s, and NC GOP’s allegiances lie – and just how far they’re willing to go to put their party before our country.”
News & Observer: Trump and the RNC support Roy Moore. What about top NC Republicans?
By Paul A. Specht
December 5, 2017
As the president and the largest GOP organization face scrutiny for supporting an Alabama Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct with minors, some top North Carolina Republicans have called on him to drop out of the race while others are staying silent.
Roy Moore, 70, is a former Alabama chief justice who’s running for Alabama’s open U.S. Senate seat and is accused by several women of a range of misconduct, from inappropriate touching to sexual assault. Moore has denied the allegations.
But several prominent Republicans have opted to not comment on the race.
The N&O on Tuesday asked Forest, Berger and Tim Moore for their views of the Alabama senate nominee. By 3:00 Tuesday afternoon, none had responded.
Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the N.C. GOP, wrote an email response to a reporter on Tuesday.
“We do not have a position on how the people of Alabama should select their U.S. Senator,” Woodhouse wrote.
On the RNC’s decision to support Moore, Woodhouse said “we don’t have an opinion.”