The National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, has called on his colleagues to reject Republican candidate Roy Moore if he is elected to the U.S. Senate. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women. He has denied the allegations.
On Nov. 13, Gardner released a statement condemning Moore, asserting that the GOP candidate was not fit to serve in the Senate after five women alleged that he had made sexual advancements towards them or sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers.
"I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office," Gardner said, according to The Denver Post.
The NRSC chairman said his chamber should expel Moore even if he wins a Senate seat in the Alabama special election on Dec. 12.
"If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate," Gardner concluded.
Earlier that day, Beverly Young Nelson alleged during a press conference that Moore had sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old in 1977, The New York Times reports.
Nelson said Moore offered her a ride home one evening after she completed her waitressing shift. Instead of taking her straight home, Moore allegedly drove his car into a secluded part of the restaurant's parking lot and began groping her.
"I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch ... At some point he gave up," Nelson said, with tears in her eyes. "He then look at me and said, 'you are a child. I am the District Attorney of Etowah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.'"
Nelson and her lawyer, prominent attorney Gloria Allred, presented her high school yearbook from 1977, which included an inscription from Moore.
The Moore campaign issued a statement denying Nelson's allegation.
"Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt ... Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone," the campaign said, according to WIAT.
On Nov. 9, Leigh Corfman alleged that Moore had sexually assaulted her in 1979, when she was 14 years old and he was 32 years old. Three other women said that Moore had dated them or bought alcohol for them while they were underage. The Washington Post corroborated the women's accounts with 30 people.
Moore is currently campaigning against Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate election. Moore, a former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has been a perceived front-runner in the Senate race.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating three state surveys released between Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, found that 48 percent of Alabama voters supported Moore while 46 percent supported Jones.
Sources: The Denver Post, The New York Times (2), RealClearPolitics, The Washington Post, WIAT / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post, CBS News/YouTube