U.S. Sen. Susan Collins hopes voters ‘choose not to elect’ Roy Moore (Real-Time News from AL.com)

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins hopes voters ‘choose not to elect’ Roy Moore

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, A Republican from Maine, said on CNN today she is not convinced by Roy Moore’s denials of misconduct with teen girls dating back several decades.

Collins, who has been critical of Moore in the past, said the senate would have to seat him if he won the Dec. 12 special election.

"I hope that the voters of Alabama choose not to elect him," Collins said.

Collins came out against Moore before allegations of improper relationships surfaced in a Nov. 9 article published in the Washington Post. In a tweet, she urged Moore to withdraw from the race for U.S. Senate.

In the first Washington Post article, a woman accused Roy Moore of undressing her down to her underwear and touching her inappropriately when she was 14 years old and he was in his early 30s. Since then, several other women have emerged with stories that Moore tried to date them while they were in high school.

Another woman alleged Moore grabbed her buttocks in his law office as recently as 1991.

Collins said she had concerns about his performance on the Alabama Supreme Court, where he was removed twice for failing to follow federal court orders. Collins also cited his statements about Muslims and LGBT people.

In 2006, Moore said Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress. He has long opposed same-sex marriage and legal protections for LGBT citizens.

Collins said Moore must be seated if elected because he meets the age and residency requirements to serve.

"We would have to seat him, but I hope we don’t get there," Collins said. "I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves."

Collins did not answer a question about whether she would rather serve with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

"I’ve never supported Roy Moore and I hope that he does not end up being in the United States Senate," she said.

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November 19, 2017 at 08:55AM