Moore Chairman: McCain's call for Moore to dropout is 'hogwash'

Response to allegations against Roy Moore
Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The chairman of the Roy Moore campaign took aim at national Republicans on Friday, calling statements critical of the embattled candidate "ridiculous."

Bill Armistead said "establishment Republicans" are taking advantage of published allegations that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a woman when she was 14 years old and he was 32. Moore and the campaign have denied the allegation.

"Some people in Washington would automatically throw you overboard because they don't want to see Judge Moore in Washington and they make ridiculous statements, like John McCain said, 'He should resign immediately.' That's hogwash," Armistead said.

In addition, Armistead dismissed reports that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) severed ties with the Moore campaign.

"They (the NRSC) haven't lifted one hand or penny to support Judge Moore, so having lost their support, if that's what it is, does not impact our campaign whatsoever," Armistead said.

In fact, Armistead claims the campaign had the largest fundraising day in its history Thursday following the release of the Washington Post story, which quoted a total of four women who said Moore pursued them romantically when he was an assistant district attorney and they were teenagers.

Armistead would not offer a dollar amount, but said it "doubled" the previous record for the campaign.

"As we get more facts about these accusations, and we're getting facts, we'll be revealing what we're finding," Armistead said.

Moore is the Republican nominee facing Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama's special senate election set for Dec. 12.

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