Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee, said on Monday that he thinks Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is "unfit to serve" in the Senate, and that if he's elected, the Senate should expel him.
JUST IN: NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner calls Roy Moore "unfit to serve" and says Senate should vote to expel him if he wins: pic.twitter.com/7NUMlYwjFo— Sean Sullivan (@WaPoSean) November 13, 2017
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office," said Gardner.
He continued, "If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
Gardner is the second high-profile Republican to outright state that he believes Moore's accusers. Earlier on Monday, Sen. Mitch McConnell said that he thinks the women are credible, and that he thinks that Moore should drop out of the race.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) also said that she found Moore's denials to be "unconvincing" and that he does not belong in the Senate.
I have now read Mr. Moore’s statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges. I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 13, 2017
The NRSC severed all fundraising ties with the Moore campaign on Friday, shortly after the first sexual misconduct allegations came to light in a Washington Post article.