Upheaval in the Alabama Republican Party continues following the stunning loss of GOP nominee Roy Moore in the December runoff election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Politico reports.
Three Moore supporters are now pushing a resolution to censure Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) for refusing to back Moore after credible accusations of sexual misconduct were lodged against the conservative firebrand, who was twice ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court.
The resolution blasts Sen. Shelby for “publicly encouraged Republicans and all voters to write in a candidate instead of voting for the Republican Candidate Judge Roy Moore.”
A pro-Moore political action committee, the Courageous Conservatives PAC, funded robocalls in December demanding Shelby resign.
“Sen. Richard Shelby stabbed President Trump and conservatives in the back,” said one recorded phone call. “Tell Shelby you’ll never forget his disloyalty to President Trump and the Republican Party for his treasonous actions. Tell Shelby he’s betrayed his trust to Alabamians and he should resign his office. Call now.”
Dallas investor Christopher Ekstrom has been helping bankroll the anti-Shelby campaign in Alabama.
“We no longer have Bob Corker to kick around, we no longer have Jeff Flake to kick around, but we do have Richard Shelby to kick around up and down the street until he gets out,” Ekstrom threatened.
Ekstrom claimed Sen. Shelby was responsible for destroying “what was a very strong GOP in Alabama.”
It remains to be seen how much support the censure resolution has among the Alabama Republican Party, which is expected to be debated before the state party’s resolutions committee.
“It’s stunningly dumb,” said former interim Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL). “The party needs to unite.”
Multiple Moore advisors did not respond to Politico’s request for comment.