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What's worse than Roy Moore losing an election? For Republicans, it might be winning one

What's worse than Roy Moore losing an election? For Republicans, it might be winning one
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Even if Alabama's Roy Moore wins his race for the U.S. Senate next month, he loses.

The chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Cory Gardner will see fit to that. And no amount of protesting about Senate rules and potential breaches of the Constitution will help Moore's case, say congressional and constitutional scholars.

Moore, the gun-waving, Ten Commandments-preaching former Alabama judge who now stands accused of molesting a second minor when he was in his 30s, faces another reckoning should he overcome alarming sexual-misconduct accusations to win a Senate seat.

In a statement on Monday, Gardner, who leads the Senate campaign committee for Moore's party, said the Alabamian was "unfit to serve" in the upper chamber.

Read my latest statement on Alabamas U.S. Senate special election:https://t.co/rilQfqiJ9Z pic.twitter.com/GQvsGhbnYA

@CoryGardner

"If he refuses to withdraw and wins," Gardner said, "the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate."

Gardner's statement came after a newsconference on Monday, in which Beverly Young Nelson recalled her years as a waitress at 15 and 16 years old. Moore, then twice her age, became a regular customer, she said. Nelson alleged that Moore offered to drive her home but locked the car, groped her and tried to force her head towardhis crotch.

That accusation followed last week's report based on more than 30 sources, in The Washington Post, in which another accuser, Leigh Corfman, said Moore tried to initiate a sexual encounter with her when she was only 14 years old. Moore would have been 32 at the time.

He has denied the allegations.

If Moore runs, and wins, his possible expulsion would be the first time in 155 years that the Senate would take that action, which requires a two-thirds vote in the 100-seat body.

The previous 15 expelled senators were removed for siding with the Confederacy during the Civil War. A lone Republican senator, William Blount of Tennessee, was removed in 1797 for "anti-Spanish conspiracy," effectively treason.

On Monday, Moore's Calhoun County campaign co-ordinator, Steve Guede, vigorously defended the embattled candidate, arguing that expulsion from the Senate would flout constitutional law.

"You are telling the voters of Alabama that if you choose your senator, we are going to nullify your vote. That's kind of a breach of the Constitution," Guede protested on CNN.

But experts who study the supreme law of theland in the United States note that the Constitution explicitly gives Congress a wide latitude to determine its own rulesincluding who it wants to kick out, and why.

I have now read Mr. Moores statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges. I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.

@SenatorCollins

Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution specifically states: "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behaviour, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member."

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