GRAND FORKS -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., called sexual allegations against Alabama’s GOP Senate candidate “very serious” in a Thursday afternoon tweet, joining a chorus of his party’s senators expressing concern over an explosive report from the Washington Post.
“The allegations against Roy Moore are very serious and if true, he should step down as a candidate for the Senate,” Hoeven tweeted.
The Washington Post reported that Moore had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
The Post reported that three other women recall that around the same time Moore “pursued them” when they were between 16 and 18 years old, though none said Moore “forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.”
Moore is running against former Alabama U.S. Attorney Doug Jones for a Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The election is Dec. 12.
Hoeven’s comments echo many other GOP lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who have called on Moore to step aside if allegations are true. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has called on Moore to step down from the Senate race “immediately.”
Moore has denied the allegations.