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Republican Senate Candidate Trivializes Rape and Incest

Jeff Fecke: As far as South Dakota Republican Joel Dykstra is concerned, rape and incest are just "buzzwords."
 
 
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This post, written by Jeff Fecke, originally appeared on Shakesville

The first republican has thrown his hat in the ring against ailing Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. Who is it? State Rep. Joel Dykstra, R-Lincoln County:

South Dakota state Rep. Joel Dykstra (R) has officially entered the race for the Republican nomination to face Sen. Tim Johnson (D) in 2008.

Dykstra filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday and declared himself a "candidate for U.S. Senate."

"I am very appreciative of the encouragement that I have received in my exploration of a run for the U.S. Senate," Dykstra said. "My family and I are humbled by the expressions of support we have received from many people from across the state."

If the guy sounds familiar to you, he should. He was a leader on the anti-choice side in the South Dakota abortion ban fight, and got off this brilliant bon mot during the campaign to repeal:

"I think 'rape and incest' is a buzzword," said Rep. Joel Dykstra about not including those conditions in the abortion bill. "It's a bit of a throwaway line and not everybody who says that really understands what that means. How are you going to define that?"

Jeff Fecke is a regular blogger for Shakesville.