MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Wisconsin reaction to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (all times local):
Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson says if he lived in Alabama, “I would want Roy Moore out” of the Senate race there.
Nicholson’s comments Tuesday mark a shift from his repeated earlier statements that Moore should only get out of the race if allegations by women that he assaulted them when they were teenagers proved true.
But a steady stream of Republicans in Wisconsin and across the country has been calling for Moore to step aside in the race. That includes Nicholson’s Republican challenger in Wisconsin, state Sen. Leah Vukmir.
Nicholson says “There is absolutely no place in our society for this type of alleged behavior.”
Nicholson, like Moore, is supported in the Senate race by former White House strategist Steve Bannon who is backing Republicans who he believes will support President Donald Trump’s agenda.
Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir is now saying Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged conduct should disqualify him.
Vukmir’s comments Tuesday come after she said last week that Moore should only drop out of the Senate race if the allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the 1970s proves true. Since then a second woman has accused Moore of assaulting her when she was 16.
Gov. Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan have both called for Moore to step aside.
Vukmir issued a statement Tuesday saying that “Roy Moore’s conduct as described is very disturbing and should disqualify anyone from serving in public office. The allegations are credible and serious and should be treated as such.”
Vukmir’s Republican opponent Kevin Nicholson said last week Moore should step aside if the allegations are true.