Birmingham Young Republicans censure Roy Moore, pull endorsement

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore during speaks during his election party, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent, Sen. Luther Strange, backed by President Donald Trump and allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ( — The Greater Birmingham Young Republicans voted Thursday to pull its endorsement of Roy Moore and censure the U.S. Senate candidate at its monthly meeting, saying it believes in the concept of innocent until proven guilty but not "electability until proven guilty."

The group also called on the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee, which has the power to decertify Moore's ballot access and void his votes on Dec. 12, to do the same. Earlier on Thursday, the steering committee sent out a statement affirming its support of Moore, adding that Moore's fate should be decided by voters and not "the media or those from afar."

In a resolution, the young Republicans said Moore "has yet to provide credible evidence or explanation to discredit these allegations," referring to the claims of seven women who said Moore either sexually assaulted, harassed or dated them when they were teenagers in the 1970s.

The group said it was "committed to protecting women and children from similar acts of sexual misconduct."

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