Update: “The allegations against Judge Moore are very serious and disturbing. If they are found to be true, Judge Moore should step aside immediately,” Barletta said in a statement to PoliticsPA.
As the accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore grow, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the Philadelphia National Organization for Women are pushing for Senate candidate Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) to take a position on Moore.
“Congressman Barletta must join his fellow Pennsylvania Republicans in clearly and unequivocally repudiating Roy Moore and calling on him to end his Senate campaign,” Pa. Dems Executive Director Sinceré Harris said in a statement.
Moore has been accused of sexually assaulting two women when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. The second accuser came out today in a press conference.
“Congressman Barletta’s silence in the face of these developments is problematic. Does Barletta think Moore should step aside? Would Barletta back efforts to expel Moore from the Senate should he win?” President of Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women Jenné Ayers said.
Over the weekend, Pennsylvania’s Republican Senator Pat Toomey said that Moore should step aside over the allegations.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this morning “I think he should step aside” according to the Washington Post, and is considering a write-in campaign for Sen. Luther Strange who ran against Moore in the primary.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Chairman said today that even if Moore wins, he the Senate should vote to remove him.
JUST IN: NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner on Roy Moore: "If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him" pic.twitter.com/UoM1ll8zk1
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 13, 2017
Moore has said he will not exit the race amid the allegations and calls by Senate leadership and fellow Republicans.
PoliticsPA has reached out to Barletta’s campaign for comment on this story, as well as the campaigns for fellow Republican Senate candidates state Rep. Jim Christiana, and southeastern Pa. businessman Paul Addis.