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Risch changes position, says ‘Roy Moore should step down’

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch changed his position on Roy Moore today, telling reporters, “I believe Roy Moore should step down.”

Just yesterday, Risch was sticking by his statement from last week that “if these allegations are true, Roy Moore must step aside.”

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo yesterday gave a similar conditional condemnation of Moore, saying, “If these allegations prove to be true, he should withdraw from the race.”

His press secretary, Lindsay Nothern, said this afternoon that Crapo hasn’t changed his position at this point, “but we’re watching things closely.”

Among those now calling for Moore, the GOP nominee for a Senate seat from Alabama, to step aside are House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other GOP leaders. Moore is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in the 1980s; a second accuser came forward yesterday with charges he assaulted her when she was 16, and numerous other accounts have surfaced of Moore, then an attorney in his 30s, pursuing teenage girls.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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