Maine Sen. Susan Collins said she’s disappointed the Republican Party is once again supporting Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race after he was credibly accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, including groping one girl when she was 14.
Collins said on CBS’ “Face The Nation” the Republican National Committee is making a mistake with its support of Moore, the candidate who the party briefly cut off funding to following the first publication of the accusations.
“I'm disappointed that the RNC has resumed the support of Roy Moore. I think that is a mistake,” she said. “I would point out that I do not support Mr. Moore even prior to these allegations of sexual misconduct because I was concerned about his anti-Muslim comments, his anti-LGBT comments. Most important of all he's been removed twice from the Alabama Supreme Court for failure to follow lawful judicial order.”
Moore is facing Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate on Tuesday. He’s currently leading in the polls after a few weeks of trailing Jones following the publication of the accusations.
Multiple women accused Moore of making sexual advances toward them when he was in his 30s and the women were in their teens. One woman said Moore was 32 when he groped her and she was just 14 at the time.
Collins rejected the idea the Republican Party cares less about sexual misconduct than the Democratic Party given the fact that Moore is still in the race and Sen. Al Franken has been forced out of the upper chamber for allegations of sexual harassment.
“Republicans care just as much as Democrats about sexual misconduct and sexual harassment,” she said. “There's a new awakening in our country that this is pervasive, whether we're talking about Hollywood or Wall Street or the media or Capitol Hill. And, that's why I'm joining a bipartisan group of senators who are trying to look at our own procedures on Capitol Hill to assure that allegations of sexual misconduct involving members or staff are dealt with seriously.”