Embattled Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore is having a hard time maintaining ties with his former allies. While some in his home state seem willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, many of the people he would have to work with (if he’s elected) see him as toxic. Others, like Republican Rep. Scott Taylor, are taking that condemnation one step further.
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Taylor (R-Va.), wants no part of Roy Moore. On Wednesday, Taylor spoke with CNN.
“All I know is what I’ve seen,” Taylor, a former Navy SEAL said. “I saw the man give his interview. Me personally, I don’t think it was sufficient enough.”
“The 14-year-old girl that was there, I can tell you right now if it was my daughter, I’d break his face, I’d break his fingers, and I’d probably do a lot worse,” Taylor told CNN’s John Berman.
Taylor is addressing the allegations that Moore, when he was in his 30s, was seeking out relationships with teenagers.
“I think that the president has probably looked at raw politics, and the alternative, of course, would jeopardize his agenda in a very close Senate,” Taylor added.
“The people can have their feelings about that, whether he should do it or not … but I certainly don’t feel comfortable with his explanation and everything that happened,” he said.
“I think you have to listen to the women,” Taylor said. “Clearly, this isn’t an isolated case now.”
Moore continues to stand by his insistence that these allegations are politically motivated. He insists that the women are lying and that the whole thing is a well timed political assassination attempt headed by his opponent in the Alabama election, Democrat Doug Jones.
“If you look at this situation, you’ll see that, because I’m 11 ahead, or 10 and 11 points ahead — this race just being 28 days off, this is a political maneuver. It has nothing to do with reality, it is all about politics,” Moore said earlier this month.
And Moore refuses to step down. The special election to fill Alabama’s open Senate seat will be held in December.