Embattled Republican Roy Moore’s alleged behavior toward teenage girls “disqualifies him” from serving in the Senate, U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said during a Bloomington visit.
The Peoria Republican was asked about Moore during his stop at last week’s McLean County Republican Party breakfast. He said that in many instances it’s up to voters to draw the line about acceptable conduct of candidates and office holders. But he took a clear position on Moore’s candidacy.
“The allegations against Roy Moore are disturbing and appalling, and he needs to be held accountable for that. If I was in the U.S. Senate, I would not want him as one of my colleagues. And I think his behavior disqualifies him,” LaHood said.
Moore is the Republican nominee in the hotly contested Alabama Senate race. Two women have accused Moore of sexually assaulting or molesting them decades ago, when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. At least five others have said he pursued romantic relationships when they were teenagers and he was a prosecutor. He’s denied the allegations.
When asked by GLT whether he saw any sexual harassment during his earlier service as a state lawmaker, LaHood said he went home to Dunlap nearly every night when working in Springfield.
“Many of the instances that I’ve heard over the last two or three weeks, there’s no place in politics for that kind of activity. It’s disturbing. It’s appalling,” LaHood said.
Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 election.
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