Alabama Governor Kay Ivey told reporters Friday that she plans to cast her ballot on December 12 for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Ivey made the endorsement after Alabama’s annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon event held at the governor’s mansion on Friday. Earlier in the week when asked about Moore, Governor Ivey said, “I will hold judgment until we get more of the facts.”
As of Friday, Ivey seemed to indicate that she had all the facts she needed to determine whether she would vote for Moore.
“I believe in the Republican Party, what we stand for, and most important, we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate to vote on things like the Supreme Court justices, other appointments the Senate has to confirm and make major decisions,” Ivey said. “So that’s what I plan to do, vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore.”
Nine women have come forward against Roy Moore, accusing him of things from harassment to sexual assault. Moore has consistently denied the claims and has said that he does not know some of the women bringing accusations to the table.
When asked if she believed the women who have come forward with allegations towards Moore, Ivey responded, “I certainly have no reason to disbelieve any of them. The timing is a little curious. But at the same time, I have no reason to disbelieve them.”
Governor Ivey also reiterated that she has no plans to delay or cancel the election and believes that the state party made the correct decision in standing by Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore.
When asked how the allegations made her feel, Ivey responded, “There’s never an excuse for or rationale for sexual misconduct or sexual abuse.”