After a weekend of explosive sexual assault allegations against Alabama Senate GOP Nominee and former judge Roy Moore, several Republican leaders are distancing themselves from Moore - revoking their endorsements and saying if the accusations are true, then Moore should be disqualified from running for office.
Monday afternoon, Indiana's Republican Senator Todd Young took it one step further - calling for Moore to immediately pull himself from the election. ABC21 reached out to Sen. Young for reaction to the allegations and his stance on whether Moore should step aside. Young's office responded with a written statement in which the senator did not mince words.
"After giving Roy Moore ample time to unequivocally deny the disturbing allegations against him," says Young in the statement. "Those allegations remain far more persuasive than the denials. Roy Moore should immediately drop out of the race. The appearance of grossly reprehensible behavior disqualifies him from service in the United States Senate. If he does not step aside, we need to act to protect the integrity of the Senate.”
ABC21 also reached out to Republican Senate Primary candidates looking to unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. Both Congressman Luke Messer and former state Sen. Mike Braun denounced the alleged behavior, but only called for Moore to step aside IF the allegations proved true.
"I agree with Vice President Pence," said Messer in a statement. "The allegations are disturbing, and if true, disqualify anyone from serving in office."
"If the allegations in the article are true then Moore should step aside," read a statement from Braun.
A spokesman for Sen. Joe Donnelly did not directly respond to our e-mail, but pointed to Donnelly's interview with an Indianapolis TV station this past Friday in which the senator said Moore should step out of the race.
Indiana Senate candidate and Congressman Todd Rokita did not respond to our questions for a comment on Moore.
As of Monday evening, five women have now accused Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers and the former judge was in his 30s. Two women accused Moore of having sexual contact with they were 14 and 16 years old.
Moore has vehemently denied the accusations - calling them a witch hunt and the definition of "fake news." He also vowed to not step down from the Senate race.
The special election is still scheduled for Dec. 12 in Alabama.