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Republican National Committee announces support for Moore after previously cutting ties

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, December 5, 2917 The Republican National Committee announced that it was resuming its support for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement regarding the RNC’s continued support for Moore.

“The Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, has contacted us and confirmed that the RNC is transferring funds to the Alabama Republican Party for the Roy Moore campaign for the December 12 U.S. Senate election,” Lathan said. “We are grateful for the RNC’s partnership with the ALGOP in this race. We are also thankful for President Trump’s recent show of support in highlighting the major policy differences between the left-wing Democrat, Doug Jones, and the constitutional conservative, Republican Roy Moore.”

“Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the nation, does not intend to send a liberal obstructionist to Washington to fight against President Trump’s agenda,” Lathan said.  “Doug Jones will not ‘reach across the aisle’; not one Democrat is doing that now and neither will Mr. Jones.  America and President Trump need Alabama’s conservative voice in the United States Senate. It is up to Alabamians to continue to help the president Make America Great Again by voting on December 12.”

President Donald Trump endorsed Moore on Monday. The president said, “We need Republican Roy Moore.”

Following the endorsement, a source for the Republican National Committee told reporters on Monday, “We stand with the President.”

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On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that the RNC made two transfers to the Alabama Republican Party to help Judge Roy Moore’s campaign, the first one was just $50,000.  One RNC official has told the Associate Press that that will be followed by another $120,000.

The President has fully endorsed Moore.  The RNC is supposed to be at the service of the President; but former presdiential GOP candidate Governor Mitt Romney opposes the RNC supporting Moore and his niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel is the RNC Chairwoman.

“Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation,” Romney wrote on Twitter. “Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”

Judge Moore responded back on Twitter, “Either @MittRomney has lost his courage or he doesn’t care about truth anymore.”  “Sad day! America’s reawakening was led by @realDonaldTrump, not you Mitt. #DefeatTheElite #DrainTheSwamp.”

According to original reporting by Talkingpointsmemo.com, Alabama’s Republican National Committee members Paul Reynolds and Vicki Drummond, Alabama GOP Chair Terry Lathan and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) all lobbied the RNC to help Moore win the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel is reportedly not sending any RNC staff to Alabama to help Moore with the campaign.

Lathan declined the Alabama Political Reporter’s request to comment on party finances or party plans.

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A recent poll by the Raycom News Network and Strategy Research has Moore leading Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones 50 percent to 43 percent with a week out before the election.

(Original reporting by the Associated Press, Raycom News, the New York Post, and Talkingpointsmemo.com contributed to this report)

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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,697 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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