GOP/JEFF SESSIONS/POLITICAL FIGURES: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deepened his bid to persuade Roy Moore to drop out of the race for an open Alabama Senate seat after accusations the Republican candidate engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
At The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the Kentucky Republican suggested he wanted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to run as a write-in candidate instead for his old seat, and he said that if Alabama voters elect Mr. Moore in the Dec. 12 vote, he would immediately face an ethics investigation.
Mr. Sessions would need to run a write-in campaign because it is too late to get on the ballot ahead of the election against Democrat Doug Jones…
On Monday, another woman accused Mr. Moore of sexual misconduct, adding to allegations that he behaved inappropriately with teens years ago, while he was in his 30s. Republicans want to focus on a tax bill but instead have been forced to contend with accusations against the former judge. Mr. Moore has denied any sexual misconduct and responded to Mr. McConnell in the past by saying it is Mr. McConnell who should step down.
Republicans are weighing their options, which also could include another Republican mounting a write-in campaign. Mr. McConnell said that if Mr. Moore wins the election, he would be sworn in but would immediately be subject to an ethics investigation that would include his testifying under oath.”
-Siobhan Hughes, “McConnell Says Roy Moore Should Abandon ’Collapsing’ Senate Bid,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 14, 2017 04:14pm