An organization founded by Evan McMullin, a conservative who ran against President Trump in the 2016 election, is running ads online and on TV that encourage Alabama voters to oppose Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The group, Stand Up Republic, is spending $500,000 on the ads, which started running at the beginning of the week, according to the Washington Post.
One of the 30-second ads features a longtime Republican voter and fourth-generation Alabamian, Robert de Buys, who says he won’t support Moore in the Dec. 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones.
“I love our country, and I want decent people in office. That’s why I can’t vote for Roy Moore,” de Buys says in the ad. “What he’s done and what he stands for makes us Republicans and us Christians look bad.”
A second ad features multiple young women, and a narrator asks, “What if she was your little girl? Your daughter? Your sister?”
“What if she was 16 years old, or 15 or even 14? Would you let a 32-year-old man be alone with her, date her, undress her, touch her, have her touch him?” the narrator continues. “That’s what Roy Moore did. He called it dating. We call it unacceptable. That’s why we can’t support Roy Moore.”
McMullin founded Stand Up Republic with his running mate Mindy Finn.
“Stand Up Republic believes that the character of our elected leaders has great influence over the character of our nation,” McMullin told the Washington Post. “We must oppose candidates that fail even the most basic ethical standards and reject the idea that temporary political advantage justifies abandoning our values. Roy Moore is unworthy of a seat in the U.S. Senate. The credible allegations against him, his history as a judge, and his many discriminatory statements demonstrate that he does not respect the dignity and safety of young girls, has no commitment to the rule of law, and no respect for religious liberty.”
Seven women have accused Moore of pursuing romantic or sexual relations with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. An eighth woman said Moore asked her out on dates repeatedly when she was 22 years old and he was 30, and a ninth said the conservative judge groped her when she was 28 years old.
One of the women said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old. Moore allegedly removed his clothes when the two were at a remote location alone together and “touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear” — an incident Stand Up Republic’s ad appeared to be referencing.
Though the ads from Stand Up Republic encourage Alabama Republicans to reject Moore’s candidacy, they do not express support for an alternate candidate.