Turns out principles have an expiration date when there’s an election to win. Just weeks after the Republican National Committee (RNC) pulled out of a joint fundraising agreement with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, they’ve changed their mind and will be involved after all.
An RNC official confirmed the news to The Daily Beast late Monday. From the report by Sam Stein:
The decision by the committee to put money and staff behind the Moore campaign comes hours after President Donald Trump formally endorsed the Senate candidate, who has been accused by multiple women of having sexually preyed on them when they were teenagers. A party committee normally follows the directives of its leader. But the RNC’s decision signals a remarkable reversal for the committee. The RNC has been hyper-critical of Democrats for any ties they have to men facing sexual harassment allegations, having pressed lawmakers to return campaign contributions from, among others, Harvey Weinstein.
The reversal by the RNC has another interesting wrinkle to it, in that RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney-McDaniel had previously called the allegations against Moore “deeply troubling” and had called on him to “step aside if there is any truth to them at all.” Now, the committee she chairs is back supporting Moore, on the same day her uncle, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was continuing to unequivocally denounce Moore.
“No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity,” tweeted Romney on Monday afternoon.
Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 4, 2017
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