John McCain’s Campaign Chief Just Posed A Chilling Hypothetical About A Roy Moore Win

John McCain’s former campaign manager, MSNBC commentator Steve Schmidt, turned heads last week when he condemned the Republican tax scam for which his former candidate voted.  This week, Schmidt has demanded that the Senate take steps to protect its teenage pages in the likely event that credibly accused child molester, Roy Moore, is elected to Alabama’s Senate seat, left vacant by Trump’s now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Established in 1829, the highly competitive Senate Page program pays 30 high school juniors (15 girls and 15 boys) a small stipend to live in Capitol Hill dormitories, attend the U.S. Senate Page School, and serve Senators as “messengers and general helpers,” in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime honor of learning the Congressional ropes.

In 2006, Republican congressman Mark Foley of Florida stepped down, after his sexual abuse of male House pages came to light, along with its coverup enabled by Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who later was himself convicted of serial sexual abuse of teen boys.

Roy Moore is currently polling ahead of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, who prosecuted two out of three of the Birmingham bombers, with accused predator Donald Trump and many Alabama Republicans saying they prefer a child molester to a Democrat.  It is entirely possible that Moore will ascend to the Senate, where he will interact daily with young pages. 

Why is Schmidt the only prominent Republican asking what precautions are being taken to protect those 15 teenage girls?  More importantly, why is our country so divided that members of one party prefer a child molester to the loyal opposition?

What Schmidt himself calls the moral rot in the Republican Party is now physically endangering the children who serve our government.

The American people must stand up for these kids in no uncertain terms.  Roy Moore does not belong within 100 miles of the U.S. Senate or her pages.


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Lucia Brawley

Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to

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