Nebraska GOP national party official resigns to protest support of Moore

December 12, 2017 GMT

Nebraska’s Republican national committeewoman resigned Monday from her party leadership post in protest of the party’s financial support for GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in Alabama.

Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls when he was in his 30s.

Alabama voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

“I strongly disagree with the recent RNC financial support directed to the Alabama Republican Party for use in the Roy Moore race,” Joyce Simmons of Valentine wrote in an email to her party colleagues.

“There is much I could say about this situation, but I will defer to this weekend’s comments by Senator Shelby.”

Richard Shelby, Alabama’s senior Republican senator, told CNN during a weekend interview that his state deserves better than Moore and he refused to vote for him in his race against Democratic nominee Doug Jones.

Instead, Shelby said, he wrote in another name when he cast his ballot.

Simmons submitted her resignation to Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Friday.

“I will miss so many of you that I knew well,” Simmons wrote to her colleagues.

“And I wish I could have continued my service to the national Republican Party that I used to know well.”

After withdrawing its financial support from Moore when allegations against him began to pile up, the party became financially engaged in the race once again following President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Moore.

Simmons became Nebraska’s GOP national committeewoman in 2012.

Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha praised Simmons for “standing up to the GOP party bosses.”

“Government should represent ‘we, the people,’ not the party bosses or those who can buy access to power,” Krist said. “Principle over partisanship.”

Krist, a former Republican who is a member of the nonpartisan Legislature, will challenge Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts in next year’s gubernatorial election.

Krist has changed his voter registration to nonpartisan and will form a new political party to offer voters an independent choice in next year’s November general election ballot.