GOP senator asks to be taken off Moore fundraising appeals

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Senate headed for late night vote amid standoff over lands bill Hillicon Valley: Facebook employees speak up against content decisions | Trump’s social media executive order on weak legal ground | Order divides conservatives MORE (R-Utah) has requested to be removed from Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore’s fundraising pitches after a Thursday investigative report from the Washington Post detailed accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct between a 32-year-old Moore and a minor. 

Moore released a fundraising pitch featuring Lee on Thursday just hours after The Washington Post story quoted a woman who charged that Moore touched her over her underwear and tried to get her to do the same to him when she was 14 years old. Three other women also told the Post Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his mid-30s. The fundraising pitch attempted to discredit the allegations and included pictures of Lee, as well as Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Louisville passes ‘Breonna’s Law’ banning no-knock warrants Rand Paul aide joins Trump campaign, RNC fundraising group MORE (R-Ky.).  Lee’s office told The Hill on Friday that the Moore campaign never asked to use the senator’s image and that their office had requested that Moore take it down. Spokespeople for Cruz and Paul have not returned a request to comment from The Hill.  As of Friday morning, the senators’ pictures still appear on the online link to Moore’s fundraising appeal. 

The three senators had been some of Moore’s most high-profile endorsement until the revelations surfaced. Both Cruz and Lee told reporters that Moore should step down from the nomination if the allegations are true. Staffers for Paul, who’s recovering after having his ribs broken in an attack, didn’t return a request for comment.

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