Written by Brandon Jarvis
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he believes the women accusing Roy Moore of sexual assault and harassment are telling the truth. McConnell is just one of many Republican senators to pull their endorsement from Roy Moore in the Alabama special election. senators. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Mike Lee and Steve Daines have pulled their respective endorsements of Roy Moore’s candidacy.
Sen. John McCain: “The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they are proud of.”
Regardless of the Republican exit from the Moore camp amid these disturbing accusations, it seems that some Alabama voters are still planning to vote for Moore. Some simply say they will vote Moore because his opponent is a Democrat. This means that the senate leaders have had to begin discussions as to what they will do if Moore somehow still wins the election.
“It would be a rather unusual beginning,” McConnell said of Moore facing an ethics investigation after being elected.
“I’d like to save the seat, and it’s a heck of a dilemma when you’ve got a completely unacceptable candidate bearing the label of your party within a month of the election,” McConnell said at a Wall Street Journal event.
McDonnell has a few options in the case of Moore winning — one being Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, which allows that “each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns, and qualifications of its own members.” However, this option will likely fall in a legal battle. Supreme Court decision in Powell v. McCormack, held that the House of Representatives could not refuse to seat an elected member as long as he or she met all of the constitutional requirements.
The more realistic option; Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution also allows both houses of Congress to — “with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.” McConnell would have to convince 19 members of his own party to agree to dispel a “Republican” senator.
No senator has been expelled since the Civil War with 14 out of 15 prior expulsions having been for support of the Confederacy.
Brandon Jarvis is the Managing Editor or Richmond 2day