Joyce Simmons, a Nebraska Republican National Committeewoman, announced her resignation on Monday in protest of the RNC's financial support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
In an email to her fellow RNC colleagues, Simmons says she tendered her resignation on Friday, writing: "I strongly disagree with the recent RCN financial support directed to the Alabama Republican Party for use in the Roy Moore race. There is much I could say about this situation, but I will defer to this weekend's comments by Senator Shelby."
NEWS: Nebraska RNC committeewoman Joyce Simmons has RESIGNED over committee's support for Roy Moore— Alex Isenstadt (@Alex Isenstadt) 1513002573.0
She finishes, saying: "I will miss so many of you that I knew well; and wish I could have continued my service to the national Republican Party that I used to know well."
Associated Press White House Reporter Zeke Miller shared the email on Twitter:
BIG: RNC National Committeewoman Joyce Simmons (NE) quits 168-member GOP governing body over RNC support for Moore.… https://t.co/Ps7yd05U5l— Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller) 1513003376.0
On Sunday, Richard Shelby, the senior senator for Alabama, told CNN's Jake Tapper: "I didn't vote for Roy Moore, I wouldn't vote for Roy Moore, I think the Republican Party can do better."
@CNN Senator Richard Shelby “I want to reiterate again: “I didn’t vote for Roy Moore” “I wouldn’t vote for… https://t.co/gMOLqtgrwX— DCResisterBee🐝 (@DCResisterBee🐝) 1513100071.0
That doesn't mean that Shelby went so far as to vote for Moore's Democratic challenger, Doug Jones. He claims he wrote in a candidate instead.
Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, including a girl who was 14-year-old when was in his 30s. After the allegations surfaced in November, the RNC withdrew its support, but then decided to give his campaign $170,000 after President Trump's endorsement.
Not everyone has been happy with the RNC's decision, including RNC chair Ronna McDaniel. But McDaniel claims that there isn't much she could do, considering that the RNC is basically an extension of Trump.
So it's good to see that at least someone at the RNC developed a conscience.
And while not everyone was happy about it:
@ZekeJMiller Worst thing that could have happened. Any GOP member with a conscious is quitting because of all the m… https://t.co/uRUVzNv6FH— Ace (@Ace) 1513003477.0
There was still plenty of praise for Simmons over her decision:
@mlv1313 @ZekeJMiller @oufenix And, of course, it's a Woman!— trplback (@trplback) 1513008193.0
@ZekeJMiller Good for her!!!! It's never too late!— oufenix (D) (@oufenix (D)) 1513003653.0
@ZekeJMiller Good for her!! I can't stand the R's but country over PARTY!! OTHERS Should follow!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸👏👏— Denise (@Denise) 1513003650.0
Perhaps her sentiments will resonate with other members of her party:
@ZekeJMiller "Republican Party that I used to know well" --speaks volumes— Jennifer Kleine (@Jennifer Kleine) 1513003952.0
@ZekeJMiller @laurenduca “...the national Republican Party that I used to know well.” She can’t be alone there— Beemus (@Beemus) 1513031123.0
Here's hoping it starts a trend:
Other members of the RNC, I implore you to follow the lead of Joyce Simmons. https://t.co/Rc6ZFnlTUt— Jennifer Hayden (@Jennifer Hayden) 1513005467.0
@ZekeJMiller @rebeccagberg Seeing this is actually inspirational to me.— Elizabeth Ciesla (@Elizabeth Ciesla) 1513007662.0
@ZekeJMiller People with morals have to take a stand. Joyce Simmons did just that.— Slow Cousin Walter (@Slow Cousin Walter) 1513090552.0
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