ugg boot offers Anne Arundel County Executive Schuh asks Roy Moore Senate campaign to return donation
Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama, the same day his donation was made public by a progressive political blog.
At an event Wednesday, Schuh confirmed the previously undisclosed donation and said his decision to ask for the money back was unrelated to a report in the “Arundel Patriot.”
“My contribution was in connection to the Severna Park fundraiser a few months ago, before I found out he was a creeper,” Schuh said. “Since the time that became clear, I have asked for my money back.”
But Schuh did not ask for his donation back in November after allegations of Moore’s dating and pursuit of teenage girls while he worked as an Alabama prosecutor in the late 1970s and ’80s. He made the refund request by email Monday. Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama through an e mail to Moore’s campaign chief of staff, Rich Hobson. Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama through an e mail to Moore’s campaign chief of staff, Rich Hobson.
The request to return the money was made Monday because Schuh had expected Moore to back out of the race in light of the “credible” accusations, Schuh said. When it became clear he wouldn’t, the executive sent the email to Moore’s chief of staff.
He called the refund request the right thing to do.
Schuh also called on Moore to step aside Wednesday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
His voice joins with other Republican leaders, such as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and ex Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who have called on Moore to step aside. Steele is also former lieutenant governor of Maryland.
Moore’s campaign has faced Republican resistance after The Washington Post reported in November that several women said Moore dated and romantically pursued them while they were ages 14 to 18 while he was in his 30s and working as an Alabama prosecutor.
One of the women said she had a sexual encounter with Moore when she was 14. It didn’t involve intercourse but the circumstances made her uncomfortable and she asked the then assistant district attorney to take her home, after which she avoided talking to Moore when he called after the encounter, The Post reported.
Moore has denied the allegations and a campaign statement called reports of the encounters “fake news.”
The email Schuh sent to Moore’s campaign chief of staff, Rich Hobson,
on Monday was brief.
“Rich, as you know, I contributed to Mr. Moore’s campaign some time ago before these extremely concerning allegations about misconduct arose,” Schuh wrote. “The allegations are both numerous and credible. Accordingly, I would ask that my contribution to Mr. Moore be returned. Thank you for your consideration.”
Schuh said he has not received the money.
Moore’s campaign has not returned a request for comment.
Steuart Pittman, a Democratic challenger in the 2018 county executive race, lamented Schuh’s donation to Moore.
“I find it surprising and sad that the party as a whole has gone in the direction of Steve Bannon, Michael Peroutka and Roy Moore faction of the party,” Pittman said. “I just find it disappointing that the Alabama Senate race was that important to support Roy Moore. That’s part of the Republican Party that I have trouble with. Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama was accused of pursuing teenage girls one as young as 14 during his time as a district attorney.
Peroutka’s name is listed with 50 other.
While Schuh has gone public with his thoughts on Moore, County Council Chairman Michael Peroutka, R Millersville, has not.
Peroutka has long been a supporter of Moore with a recent $2,500 donation given to Moore’s Senate special election campaign. Peroutka has consistently not returned phone calls on the allegations against Moore. He did not return a request for comment on this story.
He was elected council chairman at Monday’s meeting in a 4 3 party line vote.
Schuh has endorsed Peroutka’s re election bid but said he isn’t in the position of telling him what to do.
“I can only guess he believes Judge Moore’s side of the story .” Schuh said. “In my opinion, enough information has emerged from these women who have had experiences with him, that I have concluded that it would be best if (Moore) stepped aside.”