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Dem Rep Slams Cruz for Refusing to Pull Moore Endorsement

Dem Rep Slams Cruz for Refusing to Pull Moore Endorsement
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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 10:34 PM

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who is running against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for the Senate in Texas, is fundraising off Cruz's failure to pull his endorsement from Senate candidate Roy Moore, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

"Ted Cruz has endorsed Roy Moore, and since this news broke yesterday, Cruz has called the allegations 'troubling' — but he has not pulled his endorsement," O'Rourke wrote in a fundraising email Friday. "It's not that complicated, Ted Cruz: we're talking about potentially elevating a man who preyed on young girls to the U.S. Senate."

The fallout has been massive since Moore, Republican candidate from Alabama, was hit on Thursday with accusations published in The Washington Post that claimed he made inappropriate sexual advances toward girls decades ago when he was in his early 30s. One accuser said she was 14 years old when he sexually assaulted her.

Following the revelation, Cruz called the allegations "troubling," but warned against jumping to conclusions.

"These are serious and troubling allegations," Cruz said. "If they are true, Judge Moore should immediately withdraw. However, we need to know the truth, and Judge Moore has the right to respond to these accusations."

Moore, a former state Supreme Court Justice, has vehemently denied the accusations, telling Sean Hannity on his radio show on Friday, "These allegations are completely false and misleading."

A number of Republicans have distanced themselves from Moore since the accusations were leveled. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Steve Daines of Montana have pulled their endorsement of Moore. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said if the allegations were true, Moore "must step aside."

Other prominent Republicans aren't waiting to find out whether or not the charges are valid and have called for Moore to step down. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have said Moore should resign.

Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the only remaining top Republican lawmakers yet to pull their endorsement of Moore.

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Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who is running against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for the Senate in Texas, is fundraising off Cruz's failure to pull his endorsement from Senate candidate Roy Moore, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.
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