MOBILE, Ala. — Roy Moore is on the warpath against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
As Republicans here reckon with allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, their
nominee in next month's Senate election is trying to turn the race into a referendum on
whether McConnell has spent too much time on Alabama politics and too little advancing
President Donald Trump's agenda in Washington.
There are signs that his attacks are resonating with Republicans in some corners of
"I'm picking up a strong sense that people are not happy that people from outside the
state, particularly the Washington establishment, are trying to come in and influence the
election," Noah Wahl, the GOP chairman in north Alabama's Limestone County, said when asked
about McConnell. "He is kind of the whipping boy."
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The fight with McConnell — which gives Moore a tool to stoke his own base, rally other
anti-establishment Republicans and distract from the allegations against him — has all but
eclipsed the rest of his message at a time when many consider his race against Democrat
Doug Jones to be competitive.
In a series of tweets Thursday, Moore accused McConnell of trying to "steal the election
from the people of Alabama," said McConnell "needs to step down," and criticized how
McConnell handled recent allegations of sexual misconduct.