Senator Shelby said that his home state “deserves better” than to be represented by Senate candidate Roy Moore (R), Politico reports.
“I’d rather see the Republican win, but I would hope that Republican would be a write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore. But I wrote in a distinguished Republican name. I’d rather see another Republican in there and I’m going to stay with that story. I’m not going to vote for the Democrat, I didn’t vote for the Democrat or advocate for the Democrat. But I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore.”
I wish to note that there are only a few rare cases in which party elders within the same state disavowed the party’s nominee for the Senate. The most cited example by political experts is the 1990 Louisiana Senate race, in which Republicans united in an extraordinary effort to defeat Republican David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who still clutches tightly to those same rancid views.
Another case comes to mind more recently when Republican Missouri Senator Blunt urged his party’s nominee, Todd Akin, to drop out of that year’s Senate contest.
I am under no illusions about the outcome of Tuesday’s vote in Alabama. The under-educated along with the ones who sit so proudly in church will vote for a sexual predator to sit in the senate.