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Roy Moore’s Communications Director Resigns

John Rogers confirms he's left the Alabama Senate candidate's campaign.

Roy Moore in Jackson, Alabama, on November 14. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

John Rogers has resigned as communications director from Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rogers confirmed his resignation. He declined to comment further.

The move comes as allegations of sexual misconduct against the Alabama Republican continue to roil his campaign. Moore has denied those allegations, but several prominent Republicans, including Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have withdrawn their endorsements. The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have also dropped their support.

Yet President Trump, largely silent when the allegations first emerged, has appeared to warm to Moore. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the President said: “I can tell you one thing for sure: We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat—Jones.” And according to a Politico report, Trump has expressed doubts about Moore’s accusers, questioning why their stories are just now coming to light.

Moore will face off against Democratic nominee Doug Jones on December 12.

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Elaina Plott joined Washingtonian in June 2016 as a staff writer. She has written about her past life as an Ann Coulter fangirl, how the Obamas changed Washington, and the rise and fall of Roll Call. She previously covered Congress for National Review. Her writing has appeared in the New York Observer, GQ, and Harper’s Bazaar.