Steve Daines (R-MT) rescinded their endorsements of Alabama's GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Friday evening in light of allegations that the latter had inappropriate relationships with teen girls while in his 30's. Three other women said he took them on dates when they were teenagers.
A joint fundraising committee benefitting Moore and a handful of Republican Party organs filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday removing the National Republican Senatorial Committee as one of its beneficiaries.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and several other Senate Republican senators called on Roy Moore to drop out of the race if the allegations of misconduct are true.
The NRSC did not respond to requests for comment.
What is it about using Jesus to defend Moore from this allegation? Much of the Republican establishment - including McConnell and President Donald Trump - supported odd, while the GOP's more conservative flank - including former Trump strategist Steve Bannon - backed Moore.
But in the span of a tumultuous afternoon on Thursday, a low-profile special election became a Republican nightmare that threatens a once-safe Senate seat.
And Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler seized headlines when he said there is "just nothing immoral or illegal" about the described encounter, comparing the assault to biblical marriages.
Moore's name will appear on the ballot no matter what, along with that of Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. Attorney, who had been given little chance of winning the seat.
Taking it a step further, Ziegler called Moore "clean as a hound's tooth" and cited the former judge's long and "wonderful" married life as proof of his good character. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the position by former Gov. Robert Bentley.
Theologians and pastors, among others, expressed revulsion that Mary and Joseph would be used to counter allegations of sexual misbehavior with a minor.
While a number of Republicans in Washington have distanced themselves from Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of bombshell allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was 32, quite a few conservatives have come to Moore's defense, especially in Alabama.
In interviews since the publication of the story, state officials have said either that they would investigate the claims or raised questions about the timing of the revelations, suggesting the accusers were politically motivated. "They are two of the biggest goobers we have in Washington D.C.", Henry said. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. A three-way race - with Moore, Jones, and interim Sen. "Moore has come out and denied it so you would think that he's telling the truth". On the one hand, four women have gone on the record alleging Moore tried to pursue them sexually when the were between the ages of 14 and 18, with the youngest alleging he touched her breasts and genitals over her underwear and attempted to place her hand on his erect penis.