Republican senator writes cheque for Democrat running against Roy Moore
Outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake wades into the controversial US Senate race in Alabama.
Outgoing US Senator Jeff Flake, a conservative Arizona Republican, said he would support a Democrat over his own party’s embattled nominee Roy Moore in Alabama. Now, Flake is putting his money where his mouth is.
On Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), he tweeted a photograph of a US$100 ($145) cheque he wrote to the campaign of Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.
“Country over Party,” reads the caption.
While most Republican senators have distanced themselves from Moore to some degree amid allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s, none have gone as far in the other direction as Flake.
Flake’s tweet came a day after President Donald Trump officially endorsed Moore and the Republican National Committee resumed its engagement in the race on behalf of Moore after cutting ties with him last month, after the allegations emerged. Moore has denied the allegations and has resisted calls from Senate Republican leaders to end his campaign.
Moore responded to Flake’s donation by attacking him on Twitter, disparagingly labelling him as “Pro-amnesty” and “big gov’t.” Flake has been a proponent of comprehensive immigration reform and free trade.
Flake, who is retiring from the Senate at the end of his current term, has been one of his party’s most vocal Trump critics. But he was among a handful of Republican senators who joined Trump at the White House on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) for a working lunch focused on economic issues.
Jones has been airing TV adverts touting the Republicans who have parted ways with Moore over the allegations he is facing. He released a new ad on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) highlighting Alabama’s other Republican senator, Richard Shelby, who has said he did not vote for Moore and instead wrote in a Republican he has not named publicly.
CALLING ALL PATRIOTS! Pro-amnesty, big gov’t Republican Senator @JeffFlake just donated to my pro-abortion, open borders, anti-gun liberal opponent.
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) December 5, 2017
Moore is trying to rally the state’s conservative base behind his campaign. Many local Republican officials have stood by him, even as senators have called for him to step aside. Moore planned to campaign on Tuesday night (Wednesday NZT) with Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist.
The special election to fill the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on December 12. Recent polls point to a competitive contest.
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
Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
– The Washington Post