Former congressman and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin on Wednesday called Hillary Clinton “hypocritical” for defending an accused child rapist in 1975.
“It is incredibly hypocritical that Hillary Clinton would carry on about an imagined ‘Republican war on women’ when she once got a child rapist off the hook who she knew to be guilty, and laughed about how she did it when interviewed,” Akin told the Daily Mail in an interview published Wednesday. “In the process, she delegitimized the legitimate claims of the 12-year-old victim and then slandered the victim to justify her tactics.”
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Akin is known for his Senate campaign against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), when he claimed that women who experienced “legitimate rape” were unable to get pregnant because “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin’s book, “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom,” will be in stores on July 15.
Correct The Record, a Democratic Hillary Clinton-affiliated rapid-response group, fired back quickly.
”Nobody should take advice from Todd Akin on women’s rights following his opposition to equal pay laws, his opposition to choice and opposition to rape protection laws, and his belief that women’s bodies ‘shut down’ during ‘legitimate rape’ to block unwanted pregnancy,” Communications Director Adrienne Elrod said in an email.
Todd Akin’s Book: Hillary’s a Hypocrite
June 26, 2014
ST. LOUIS • Longtime reporter and weekend show host Charles Jaco is leaving KTVI (Channel 2), according to the station.
“After 11 years of journalistic service to St. Louis, Fox 2 and reporter Charles Jaco have mutually agreed to part ways,” the station’s general manager, Spencer Koch, said in a statement. “We thank Charles for his service and wish him all the best in his future plans and pursuits.”
KTVI’s news director, Audrey Prywitch, emailed the statement to the Post-Dispatch but declined to comment further.
Jaco addressed his departure on Twitter, saying: “From Iraq in ’03 to Todd Akin in ’12, a great time. Thanks, guys! Now working on new book. Stay tuned!”
Jaco, 63, gave no details and could not be reached for comment.
Before joining KTVI in 2003, Jaco worked for KMOX-AM for seven years. He worked at CNN before that, reporting on the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City. He is a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Jaco has also has hosted a weekend talk show, “The Jaco Report,” which drew national headlines for his August 2012 interview with then-Congressman Todd Akin of Wildwood.
The interview during Akin’s run for the U.S. Senate became controversial when Jaco asked Akin about his opposition to abortion in instances of rape. Akin answered that pregnancies caused by rape were rare, adding “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
McCaskill’s Husband Is Buying Another Plane. McCaskill Says Taxpayers Will Never Pay for Her Trips in It
December 27, 2013
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s office says McCaskill’s husband, Joseph Shephard, has bought another airplane.
In 2011, McCaskill was in the news because of the failure to pay almost $290,000 in back taxes to the state of Missouri for another plane McCaskill and Shephard owned.
Missouri Republicans jumped on the story back then.
McCaskill said she eventually talked her husband into selling what she called at the time, “the damn plane”.
McCaskill’s office says Shephard has purchased an aircraft and there are measures in place to assure the taxes are paid on time and in full.
Her offices says McCaskill may use the plane at times in connection with her Senate duties.
“Any use of the plane by Claire will never be paid with taxpayer dollars, and Joseph has implemented strict safeguards to ensure every cost associated with the plane is paid fully and on-time,” according to John LaBombard, McCaskill’s Communications Director.
The plane will be put on the St. Louis County tax rolls January 2, 2014, according to McCaskill’s office.
That’s the next available date to do so, according to her office.
McCaskill’s office alerted reporters to the and purchase in Friday morning e-mail.
Shepherd is a wealthy St. Louis area businessman who’s wealth was well established before the two were married in 2002.
He has a variety of business interests.
Missouri Republicans and some of McCaskill’s Democratic opponents have tried to use Shepherd’s wealth and business interests to politically damage McCaskill.
During the 2012 Senate Campaign Republican Todd Akin’s bid pointed to federal money some of Shepherd’s companies received as part of federal low income housing programs.
The charge that Shepherd had some inside track to the money was never proved.
Senate Conservative Fund Endorses Wolf Over Roberts in KS. GOP Primary
December 10, 2013
The Senate Conservative Fund has endorsed Dr. Milton Wolf, the Republican challenger to four-term Kansas Senator Pat Roberts .
Roberts is up for re-election in 2014.
” He’s not a career politician. He’s a doctor who understands exactly why Obamacare must be repealed. Kansas Republicans deserve a real choice this election,” said the SCF chief Matt Hoskins.
Hoskins called Wolf a “principled conservative”.
Roberts, however, has compiled a pretty conservative record by many political rankings.
He,too, opposes the healthcare law.
He also also called for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign over the Obamacare website problems
The Kansas Republican is not taking the summer primary lightly.
He’s lined up the support of many Kansas politicians in Topeka and throughout the state.
Last month Roberts brought former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in to Johnson County for a campaign stop.
In 2012c the SCF was one of the first groups to back Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin.
Akin had been abandoned by the Republican leadership in his campaign against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
After talking about “legitimate rape”, Akin’s campaign collapsed.
He had won a three-way race for the nomination to take on McCaskill.
The Democrat defeated Akin easily in November 2012.
The Kansas GOP primary is August 5, 2014.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill doubts Missouri will change the state constitution soon to permit same sex marriage.
McCaskill told radio station WMU that”s because “there are a lot of Todd Akin wannnbes in Jefferson City. It is time that many of us are working harder to make sure Missourians realize that”.
McCaskill made the remark when asked about the new Supreme Court ruling on gat marriage and its impact on Missouri.
Any chnage may require changing the Missouri constitution. In 20004, 71% of voters approved adding an amendment stating marriage is only between a man and a woman.
McCaskill told KWMU is it unlikley Missouri’s Republican dominated legislatures would move to change the state’s laws on gay marriage.
The Democratic senator disagrees with that.
“We have no business interfering with individual freedoms that have to do with who you love,” McCaskill said.