Candidate's Wife Compares Criticism of Akin to Rape; "Women for Akin" Site Pulled After Fiasco

It's a gaffe-tastic day of disaster for the Todd Akin for Senate campaign even as the eyes of the political media are on the secret Romney tapes.

First, Akin's wife Lulli compared his treatment by the press and his parties to... you guessed it...rape. The one word no one associated with Akin should probably ever say again.

Here's the Washington Post's Diana Reese on the spousal foot-in-mouth moment.

Lulli Akin, the U.S. Senate candidate’s wife, has compared his abandonment by party bosses to rape.

In an interview with “The National Journal,” she first described the move to get her husband to step down from the Senate race in Missouri as “tyranny, a top-down approach.”

She went on to say, “Party bosses dictating who is allowed to advance through the party and make all the decisions – it’s just like 1776 in that way.”

That was when colonists “rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my … wife. But that is where we are again.” Yes, back to rape.

But that's not all. The Akin campaign also had to pull a website called "Women for Akin" after it was revealed that one of said women was an Akin "tracker"--who worked for the Democrats. Oops.

TPM reports:


On Tuesday the Akin campaign posted the Women for Akin website under the tagline “We think for ourselves.”

The website, published on the day the Akin campaign plans a “Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin” kickoff event featuring Phyllis Schlafly, was pulled down a few hours after it launched, after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discovered one of the women featured prominently in a photo with Akin is actually a Democratic staffer.

“Corinne Matti, who is pictured on Akin’s site standing to Akin’s left, is a ‘tracker’ for the Missouri Democratic Party,” the Post-Dispatch reported. “Her job, which she does openly, is to attend Akin’s public events and report back to the Democrats. She has been doing it for more than a year.”

Akin campaign spokesperson Ryan Hite told the paper the Women for Akin site was posted before it was ready for public consumption.

Todd Akin has so many women fans his campaign can't find any.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at September 18, 2012, 11:17am

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