House speaker calls for Moore to quit

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tues­day joined a grow­ing cho­rus of Washington Repub­li­cans call­ing upon Roy Moore to drop out of his em­bat­tled race for the U.S. Se­nate in the wake of al­le­ga­tions by a sec­ond woman that the con­ser­va­tive Alaba­man groped her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s.

“Th­ese al­le­ga­tions are cred­i­ble,” Ryan, R-Wis., told re­porters on Tues­day. “If he cares about the val­ues and peo­ple he claims to care about then he should step aside.”

Moore is show­ing no sign of quit­ting.

“I can tell you with­out hes­i­ta­tion this is ab­so­lutely false,” Moore said.

A Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion fil­ing late Tues­day showed that the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee sev­ered its fundrais­ing ties to Moore.

The tu­mult comes with Repub­li­cans hold­ing a scant 52-48 Se­nate ma­jor­ity as the GOP rushes to push a mas­sive tax cut through Congress by Christ­mas.

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