The Cullman County Republican Executive Committee has passed a resolution supporting U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore's nomination for the post.
Numerous county Republican executive committees across Alabama have passed similar resolutions in the weeks since several women accused Moore of sexual misconduct about 40 years ago in Etowah County.
The Cullman County committee's resolution labels the accusations against Moore as unfounded and asserts that Democratic candidate Doug Jones openly embraces a liberal agenda, including support for unrestricted abortions, and that his election would have a negative effect on Cullman County, Alabama and the nation.
A prepared statement from the local Republican Executive Committee states: "Roy Moore has been selected by the voters in the State of Alabama and Cullman County to be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate. We are confident that Judge Moore will work to support the conservative values important to the people of this state and Cullman County and the Cullman County Republican Executive Committee completely agrees with President Donald Trump, 'We don’t need another liberal Democrat in the U.S. Senate.' ”
Some members of the Alabama State Republican Party's steering committee earlier had wanted to remove Moore from the ballot or decline open support of the candidate after the allegations came forth. A few committees have also rejected, to date, the call for resolutions supporting Moore.
The resolution in Cullman County had unanimous support from the executive committee members, said Waid Harbison, local party chairman.
"It's been pretty much an independent action of the county Republican committees," Harbison said. "There is some dissension in a few counties, but the decision is independently reached in each county."
The special election for the Senate seat is scheduled Dec. 12.