Mike Lee, a U.S. senator from Utah, has decided to rescind his endorsement of Roy Moore
after he was accused of having improper contacts with underage girls.
Moore is running in the December 5 special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The former federal judge, who is a well-known and controversial figure in the state. is set to face Democratic opponent Doug Jones.
Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) November 10, 2017
Despite numerous flaws, Moore was seen by many as the frontrunner in the election.
However, this week, his campaign was rocked by allegations that when he was 32, he initiated a sexual contact with then 14-year-old Leigh Corfman. All of this reportedly took place in 1979.
Conservative figures like Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity rushed to Judge Moore’s defense and blamed the media.
However, Lee, a prominent voice in the movement, is choosing a different path. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also asked Moore to remove himself from the process.