As Herman Cain Bows Out of Fed Contention, Focus Shifts to Stephen Moore

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It is unclear whether he, too, might face bipartisan opposition. Some Republicans said privately earlier this month that Mr. Cain’s struggles could help Mr. Moore, because Republican senators would be unlikely to vote against both of Mr. Trump’s nominees. They were more divided on Monday, saying Mr. Cain’s departure could open Mr. Moore to additional scrutiny and attacks.

A senior Republican aide on Capitol Hill said conservatives would be watching how Mr. Moore’s writings about women sat with Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, Republicans who are considered swing votes for his nomination. The aide said Mr. Moore’s chances could also depend on whether his ex-wife, Allison, speaks publicly about their difficult divorce and its aftermath.

Records of that divorce were unsealed this month in a Virginia courthouse, and they include allegations of infidelity and Mr. Moore’s failure to pay court-ordered support.

According to filings, in 2010 Mr. Moore started a sexual relationship with a woman he met through an online dating service. His wife found bills that showed Mr. Moore pumping gas in the morning near the home of the other woman and buying an airplane ticket in her name. At their son’s graduation ceremony, Mr. Moore said to his children, in earshot of Ms. Moore, “I have two women, and what’s really bad is when they fight over you.”

Before the divorce, Mr. Moore frequently teased his ex-wife in his National Review columns. In 2001, he wrote that “she’s been acting as if it’s her patriotic duty to single-handedly revive the American economy with her frenetic pace of consumer spending.” In 2003, he wrote that “Allison consumes but she still doesn’t produce.” In 2004, he wrote, “Here’s the best news of all: For once, Allison isn’t pregnant.”

Others columns criticized the notion of a “pay gap” between male and female athletes.

“Women tennis pros don’t really want equal pay for equal work. They want equal pay for inferior work,” Mr. Moore wrote in 2000. “If there is an injustice in tennis, it’s that women like Martina Hingis and Monica Seles make millions of dollars a year, even though there are hundreds of men at the collegiate level (assuming their schools haven’t dropped the sport) who could beat them handily.”

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