GOP Hopes Women Will Woo Voters Back to Roy Moore

With just two weeks remaining before the Alabama special election to fill former Senator Jeff Sessions’ seat, Republicans are watching what should have been an easy victory come dangerously close to slipping through their fingers. As Republican candidate and former State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore continues to remain unapologetic about his long history of predatory behavior towards teen girls, Democratic challenger Doug Jones is rising in the polls, with the potential to secure a long-shot victory and flip the seat blue.

Still, the GOP has one plan to stop that from happening — bring back the female voters that Moore is losing in the wake of his alleged fascination with teenage girls. And to do that, the right will use its best weapon: other GOP women.

If Moore loses the December 12 race, it will be because of the female voters who were understandably horrified by Moore’s actions in this highly conservative and religious state.

“Allegations that Moore routinely pursued teenage girls and in some cases assaulted them when he was a single man in his thirties have caused Republican voters in Alabama to reassess their options. Some have decided to rally around the nominee. But others have recoiled, leaving Moore in real risk of losing his attempt to take over the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” reports Daily Beast. ”More than any other group, it is the women of Alabama, specifically Republican women, who will be the divisive voting bloc.”

To get these women back onto the GOP’s side, the right is pulling out all the stops. The party is especially looking to other GOP women to help ease their conscience over voting in support of a predatory candidate — and the left is using similar tactics to dissuade them.

The Washington Post reports:

In the closing days of Alabama’s unexpectedly close race ahead of a special election, a battle is emerging for voters like [conservative Andrea] McCafferty: white suburban women who typically support GOP candidates but who, unlike many of their male counterparts, have become uneasy about Moore. Each side, relying at times on the candidates’ wives to make their case, is presenting female voters with an awkward choice regarding their vote Dec. 12: Stand by a man accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s, or vote for a Democrat with liberal views on abortion and other issues and whose victory could imperil the Senate’s Republican majority.

Moore’s supporters themselves hoped to regain women’s support with a “Women for Moore” rally hosted by his wife Kayla — who Moore himself first noticed when she was 15, and he was nearly twice her age, according to reports. At the event, Moore was called a good Christian and “closest thing to a Founding Father that we have seen in our lifetime.” Oh, and the women who accused Moore were denounced as liars.

The Women for Moore rally may appeal to those who wholeheartedly back the theocratic candidate, but at this point, there are only a handful of Republicans in that ring. Instead, almost all of the right is arguing that the allegations are concerning enough to justify voting for a Democrat.

But that’s the sort of talking point that female GOP leaders like Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey, former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and White House adviser KellyAnne Conway have employed.

“Donald Trump cares about a vote in the Senate, no more, no less,” Fiorina told Fox News Sunday, in an attempt to explain why the president vocally attacked Moore’s Democratic rival despite Moore’s own problematic background.

Conway made similar comments on Fox News as well, according to Talking Points Memo:

In that interview, Conway attacked Democratic candidate Doug Jones as “weak on crime,” “weak on borders,” and “terrible for property owners,” writes Alice Ollstein. Asked if she supported Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing and assaulting multiple underage girls several decades ago, she refused to answer directly, but suggested she wanted the Republican candidate to prevail. “We want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through,” she said.

With Moore and Jones virtually deadlocked in the latest polling, how female voters eventually swing on election day will likely decide the final winner on December 12. If Jones can continue to capitalize on their disgust with Moore’s past, he could very well end up the first Democratic senator from Alabama in decades.

But if the GOP can weaponize their female leaders, they may be able to hold onto that red seat for another term — and hope that they can find someone else to fill it next time.

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51 comments

Marie W
Marie W8 months ago

Thank you for the post.

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a year ago

Right, good luck on that.

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Lesa D
Past Member about a year ago

why would ANY woman, (D, R, I, L, G or LGBTQI) want to "woo" voters back to Moore?

thank you, Robin, for your care2 cause post...

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta Eabout a year ago

brian f
BOT and a "adult" who throws a temper tantrum when someone calls him out on his hypocritical, repetitive posts. I can almost hear his foot stamping from my front porch in Alaska !!! (or was that Palin seeing Russia)

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Brian F
Brian Fabout a year ago

Regus The only one who is every bit as stupid as any [R] woman who would vote for Moore, is yourself. Child molesters are horrible, but so is Hillary who supported the Iraq war, Monsanto, worldwide natural gas fracking, the TPP 45 times, the Patriot Act, refused to regulate the banks, refused to condemn the pipeline at Standing Rock, refused to support Medicare for All, and took 21 million from Wall Street for speeches and refused to release the transcripts. Millions die for lack of Medical care because the ACA which is a Republican plan still allows our criminal healthcare industry to rip us off, so voting for Hillary who refuses to support Medicare for All is the moral equivalent of being a child molester. Both are bad, and you have demonstrated you are the moral equivalent of a moron, as always.

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Brian F
Brian Fabout a year ago

John Casablanca I can let go of the past, and forgive the Democrats for what they did to Bernie Sanders, but when the Democrats Tom Perez just fired all the honest progressives, I fear that they will make the same mistake, move to far to the right on issues, select another corporate establishment candidate like Hillary, and lose to this fraud Trump again in 2020. Most of the Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are refusing to support Medicare for All, marijuana legalization, free colleges, and a $15.00 an hour minimum wage. The Democrats can't win by refusing to support progressive policies that we desperately need in this country, like Medicare for All, moving to the right on issues, and not allowing honest progressives in the party like Bernie Sanders to have any power. Can you admit that Tom Perez firing all the honest progressives who support Bernie Sanders was a bad move? Don't you think that that is a bad strategy that will cause most Bernie Sanders supporters to move on and vote for Jill Stein, which could cause the Democrats to lose to this fraud Trump again in 2020? My concern is that the Democrats have learned nothing from their humiliating defeat to the worst candidate in history, Trump, and are doubling down on their same mistakes, by moving to the right on issues, and becoming too much like Republicans themselves.

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Regus S
Regus Slanteiabout a year ago

Brian F.,

My intellect wipes its a$$ with your intellect. You have proven this relentlessly with your inane, Tourette's infested, substance-less posts.

Your claim that you are a "progressive" is as every bit of a preposterous lie as it would be if Trump were to claim that he is a civil rights leader. I would not doubt that you both **believe** your delusional claims, but in an evidence-based reality you would both be recognized as morons instantly.

Back to the topic of this story: you are every bit as stupid as any [R] woman who would vote for Moore, and that's because you both share the same blinders-on, mythology-based, facts-and-morals-be-damned lineage of political partisanship.

On another recent Care2 thread you already claimed that anyone who didn't vote for Sanders in 2016 is the moral equivalent of a child sexual molester......and, although that is hardly the only example of your turpitude, it is irrefutable evidence that you are a facts-and-morals-be-damned a$$wipe.

With Affection,
Cletus

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a year ago

Unfortunately for the GOP, any woman with a brain is going to see right through their BS and vote for Jones. Same goes for anybody else who doesn't want this Religious Reich wingnut trying to trample all over the rights of anyone who's female, non-Christian, minority, or LGBTQ. Even without his propensity for women-chasing, this creep is dangerous for America and his track record on the issues practically SCREAMS that!

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john c
john casablancaabout a year ago

Brian F. - no one is disputing what your comments are, but they are extremely repetitive and no comment you post is going to change the outcome of the past.
I agree that both parties have many faults, but isn't that up to us, the electorate to change it ??? Use your energy for better things then the past.
John C./Houston, Tx.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta Eabout a year ago

brian f
You have such a short memory.
Just to get back at me and be the bully you are you ALWAYS conveniently FORGET the things I have told you a hundred times that I am FOR.
I am so sick and tired of your bullying ways brian. I am against pipelines and I'm telling you this for the last time.
You don't score brownie points for your mean spirit, you just look like a bigger fool

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