WASHINGTON — Sen. Ben Cardin weighed in on Alabama’s unpredictable Senate contest Friday with a fundraising solicitation criticizing Republican Roy Moore as an “extremist.”
The blast email described Moore as a “man who has spent decades spouting his racist, sexist, xenophobic beliefs,” though it made no mention of accusations that Moore pursued relationships with teenagers. Those allegations have been a central issue for weeks, and have turned a race that should have been easy for Republicans into a far more competitive contest.
The email takes users to a web page that splits contributions between Cardin, a Maryland Democrat who is up for re-election next year, and Alabama’s Democratic nominee Doug Jones.
Alabama’s special Senate election will take place Tuesday.
After initially rejecting Moore over the allegations of sexual misconduct, Republicans have increasingly come to his defense. President Donald J. Trump held a campaign-style rally Friday in Pensacola, Fla., about 25 miles from the Alabama state line.
“We cannot afford …to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate. We can’t afford it, folks,” Trump told the audience. “We can’t afford to have a liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. His name is Jones and he’s their puppet.”