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Jones Ad Invokes Sessions, Shelby, Ivanka Trump

Conway suggested voters should support Moore to accomplish tax reform.

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Kimberly Railey
Nov. 21, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

A new TV ad from former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D) “plays back criticism of” former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) “that Ivanka Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) gave in the aftermath of revelations that Moore made unwanted advances on young girls.” (Washington Post)

Another Jones ad “notes he was confirmed for U.S. attorney ‘by a Republican Senate including Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions’ and says that that the Alabama Senate candidate has a history of ‘rising above the politics to defend the Constitution, work across party lines, and get things done.’” (Politico)

WEIGHING IN. “White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Monday suggested Alabama voters should support” Moore “because he would vote for the GOP’s tax-reform legislation making its way through Congress.”

“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners,” she said.

Asked whether that meant viewers should vote for Moore, Conway answered, “I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through.” (The Hill)

HELPING HAND. The DSCC “has had a team of what an aide described as ‘less than a handful of staff’ in Alabama since the GOP runoff in September, all working under the direction of the campaign.” (Vice News)

MONEY MATTERS. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s leadership PAC requested a refund of the $5,000 it donated to Moore on Oct. 5. (FEC)

AD BUYS. Since the Moore allegations broke, Jones “has spent about $805,000 on broadcast, cable and radio advertising, according to a source familiar with media buys in the state. Moore has spent only $64,000 during the same time span, according to the source.” (The Hill)

TURNOUT. Secretary of State John Merrill “said that his initial expectation of turnout as high as 25 percent of registered voters has shifted to the 18-to-20 percent range, meaning that nearly a quarter million fewer ballots might be cast.”

He “also said his office has just sent local election officials more detailed guidance for processing write-in votes, a result he said of a higher volume of inquiries than his office normally receives from voters across the state.” (NBC News)

LOW PROFILE. Moore and Jones “are hunkering down in the final three weeks of Alabama’s blockbuster Senate campaign, eschewing big public events as they try to manage an election that has exploded beyond their control. … The person steering the story of the race Monday was instead Leigh Corfman, who earlier told The Washington Post that Moore undressed her and touched her inappropriately when she was 14 and Moore was in his 30s. She made an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, where she spoke about Moore and questioned how many more women might come forward to accuse him.”

“There has been modest spending from outside groups backing Moore in recent days by groups that supported him in the Republican primary — but it has been eclipsed by a new outside group supporting Jones. That group, called Highway 31, has poured almost $150,000 into digital advertising in the past two weeks, while the pro-Moore Solution Fund PAC and Patriots for Economic Freedom have spent tens of thousands of dollars for Moore.” (Politico)

Meanwhile, Corfman “said Monday she wanted to confront him years ago but didn’t because he was powerful and the encounter gutted her self-confidence. She said she came forward to tell her story only after other women agreed to.” Corfman added “she was ‘absolutely not’ paid to tell her story publicly.” (CBS News)

HITTING BACK. The “Moore campaign on Monday issued a statement in an effort to refute at least one national report that the Alabama Republican Senate nominee had at one time been banned from the Gadsden Mall. The statement quoted what the campaign described as three former mall employees attesting that Moore had not been banned.” (AL.com)

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