NJ Dem Party Boss Responds As Todd Akin Vows To Stay In Missouri Senate Race
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin says he’s “not yet begun to fight.” Many top Republicans don’t want him on the ballot against Democrat Claire McCaskill because of his comments about “legitimate rape.” If he doesn’t resign by 5 p.m. today a court order would be required to get him off the ballot. New Jersey Democratic State Committee chairman John Wisniewski is now weighing in on the issue.
“While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan rushed to throw Congressman Akin under the bus following his repugnant comments, we know that in reality, Republicans share many of Akin’s most offensive views on the issue of choice,” says Wisniewski. “Ryan co-sponsored legislation with Akin to limit federal funding for abortion to victims of “forcible rape”- as if there is any other kind of rape? Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan supported “Personhood Amendments,” which would ban all abortions, certain types of birth control, and even in vitro fertilization.”
When asked about Akin’s comments yesterday, Governor Chris Christie said, “It’s absolutely an asinine, ridiculous statement by the congressman…..He should be ashamed of himself………I find it reprehensible.”
Sunday, Akin said, “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Later that day he apologized and early this morning Akin posted an apology video online, but made no mention of the race.