The wild ride that was Roy Moore’s campaign for Senate is all but over.
After numerous women came forward alleging that Moore sexually assaulted and molested them when they were teenagers, every elected Republican withdrew their endorsement. Many leading Republicans explicitly called on Moore to withdraw his candidacy.
While that initial salvo all but finished him, the defiant predator made no motion to exit the race. Following that, National Republican Senate Campaign Chairman Cory Gardner issued an ultimatum:
I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.
If Roy Moore wins, the Senate will vote to expel him, so why continue running?
Unbeknownst to many Americans, is the fact that the Senate rules contain a provision that lets them expel members by a two-thirds majority vote.
Expulsion can be used against any sitting senator, but it has only been done successfully 16 times. Eight other senators have been threatened with expulsion but chose to resign.
Roy Moore would be the 17th senator to be expelled from the Senate if he manages to win the special election December 12th, and if the Senate follows through the threat made by Gardner and others.
The measure could be filed the very minute after he is seated in the chamber meaning Moore would likely never even get to cast a single vote.
Democrats have 48 seats in the Senate, which means that only 19 Republicans would need to join them to expel Roy Moore. Given that Cory Gardner is the head of the NRSC, it’s certain that he could whip that many votes if he so chose. Furthermore, it’s unlikely he would have made the above statement if he couldn’t.
With certain political death hanging over him and his race for the Senate, there’s no logical reason for Roy Moore to continue running. But it’s still anyone’s guess whether or not he will continue his campaign.
(Photo of Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaking during a mid-Alabama Republican Club’s Veterans Day event on November 11, 2017, in Vestavia Hills, Alabama by Wes Frazer/Getty Images)