A local pastor who supports Roy Moore is lashing out at the Republican Party tonight. The pastor is upset because some of Moore's fellow Republicans are calling for him to drop out of the Senate race.
Dr. David Gonnella is the pastor of Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore. He is one of the pastors who supports Moore after the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. Dr. Gonnella believes Moore is innocent until proven guilty and until he sees evidence, he believes its all a ploy to derail Moore's campaign.
After Kayla Moore released a list of pastors who she says are standing with her husband Roy Moore, even after the accusations, some pastors say they've withdrawn their support since the allegations came to light, but one local pastor says he's proud to be on that list.
"I don't desert my friends just on mere accusations, I require evidence," said Pastor Gonnella.
Gonnella says he doesn't believe the accusers and he thinks this is a coordinated smear campaign. He also questions the timing of the alleged victim's accusations.
"Well perhaps satanically motivated, but Politically carried out," said Gonnella."Why was everyone, all these people silent for so many decades I want to all come for at the same time now."
As more Republicans in Congress call for Moore to "step aside," Gonnella says this leaves a sour taste in his mouth about the GOP.
"It's funny how the Republican Party is. What a bunch of sissies! The Democrats rally around their candidate even when they're guilty, Republicans want to throw them under the bus on a minor accusation without knowing whether they're guilty or not," he said.
Gonnella says this decision is up to the voters of Alabama and the Republican Party shouldn't meddle in our affairs.
Gonnella hasn't spoken to Roy Moore, but he says he spoke to his wife Kayla. He says she's upset about it all but she's standing by her husband and holding on to her faith. Gonnella also wanted to make it clear that these are his "personal" views and his church does not endorse candidates.