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8th District GOP committee passes resolution supporting Akin candidacy

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin emerges to give his victory speech after his win in the senate primary race at his campaign party at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles, Mo., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.
(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)
The Republican leadership in the 8th Congressional District has given its official support to Rep. Todd Akin's contentious candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

At its reorganizational meeting Tuesday night, which is mandated to take place following the August primary election, the members of the 8th Congressional District Republican Committee passed by voice vote a resolution asking their party to respect the election process and allow Akin to continue his candidacy without interference.

The resolution, proposed by Dr. Pamela Grow, chairwoman of the party's 120th legislative district, which covers parts of Phelps and Crawford counties, supports "a proper regard for the wishes and respect for the rights of suffrage of the Republican voters of the state" and declares support for Akin's candidacy as the voters' choice to represent the party in the fight to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Akin ignited a firestorm when he made remarks earlier this month saying that women's bodies could prevent conception in cases of "legitimate rape." He has since apologized.

Republican leaders on the state and national level, along with some conservative political organizations, have withdrawn support for Akin, saying his candidacy jeopardizes the party's chances of gaining seats in the Senate. In Butler County, the Republican central committee disinvited Akin from its Reagan Days event next month.

Grow said she and other district party leaders see the actions of many "establishment" Republicans who are urging Akin to drop out as compromising the principles of representative democracy.

"I think the circumstances are extraordinary, there's no doubt about that," Grow said in a phone interview Wednesday, "and we can see, that from the national convention on down, there appears to be some sort of willingness to disregard the wishes of the little guy, the wishes of the Republican voter."

The voice vote on the resolution took place in Van Buren, Mo., and those involved said there wasn't opposition expressed during the lead-up to the vote.

Eddy Justice, the chairman of the 8th Congressional District committee who has been critical of Akin's decision to stay in the race, said the resolution isn't meant as a stamp of approval of the candidate or his policies.

Instead, the resolution is meant to endorse the process, and establish that it's Akin's choice of what to do from here.

"I don't know of anyone that thinks he didn't win fair and square," Justice said Wednesday.

The resolution doesn't include opinions on the merits of Akin's positions on abortion and rape, or anything else, Justice said.

"There was no opposition because there's nothing in the resolution that is not bona fide fact," Justice said.

Out of 110 potential committee members, votes were cast representing 69 of them, Grow said.

Not all committee members were able to attend Tuesday's meeting, and some in attendance abstained from the voice vote.

Evan Trump, a Cape Girardeau County Republican committeeman who was the chairman of the county Republicans before reorganization, said he supported the resolution.

"We know the guy made an error in what he said, and he apologized for it right away ... but the important thing is trying to go through getting a new candidate is going to undermine the voters," Trump said.

The state GOP declined to comment through its spokesman, Jonathon Prouty, referring the Southeast Missourian to previous statements made by party leaders urging Akin to reconsider his decision to stay in the race.



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A poll that came out today showed Akin has regained the lead over McCaskill by 3% but 13% remained undecided. Last week Akin was down by ten percent behind McCaskill.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:01 PM

After reading the actual resolution, this is a non-story! The resolution neither expressed support for or against Akin staying in the race.

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:19 PM

You know what news I'd like to see reported?

The news that none of us like either one of these idiots and the country would be better off if NEITHER they nor the rest of the snakes in office or currently running were all told to take a big fat flying fark off the side of a bridge...

When the congressional approval rating is somewhere around 10 to 15%, They should all be fired.

If my evaulation at work came back at a 15% out of 100, I'd lose my job....

-- Posted by the_eye on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:32 PM

Got a link to the resolution?

-- Posted by bbollmann on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:33 PM

Lest we not forget. Missouri voters elected a dead candidate for U.S. Senator not long ago. (Mel Carnahan). Anything is possible!!!

-- Posted by Right Minded on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:40 PM

bbollmann: look for the link on the right side of the page, below the ad.

-- Posted by Matt Sanders on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:59 PM

bionicrotor: From the last paragraph -- "Be it therefore resolved, that we, the undersigned, being voting members of the reorganization meeting of the Eighth Congressional District Republican Committee of the State of Missouri, declare our support for, and acknowledgement of, the rightful candidacy of U.S. Representative Todd Akin as the Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri in the November, 2012 general election."

-- Posted by Matt Sanders on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:03 PM

Other Republican committees have vowed not to help Akin financially. I wonder if the 8th will help fill this void?

-- Posted by Courtois on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:06 PM

Does this mean he's invited to dinner?

-- Posted by bbollmann on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:49 PM

the_eye: "When the congressional approval rating is somewhere around 10 to 15%, They should all be fired."

Congressional approval ratings are meaningless. Everybody dislikes OTHER peoples and OTHER states representatives and senators. Odds are the majority of SE Missouri residents will never approve of whomever the majority of residents of Massachusetts or Portland elect to office, and the people in those places will never approve of whomever folks in Missouri 8th district choose to represent them.

However if the question is "Do you approve of YOUR own Rep/Sen" then most incumbents have 55%-65% approval ratings. That is why they get re-elected 90%+ of the time. Quite often the Congresspeople you hate the most are the most beloved by voters in their own districts and states.

-- Posted by Nil on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 10:45 PM

Swamp-What poll was that?

-- Posted by tom on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 11:01 PM

Your own federal legislator appropriates the wealth of others to benefit you.

The federal legislator of others appropriates your wealth to benefit them.

I think that's a possible explanation, Nil.

"Do not give the poor people the vote, for they will only sell it to the rich." --Gouverneur Morris, PA delegate to the Constitutional convention.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 11:07 PM

Rightful candidacy means he got there legitimately. Nothing more!

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 7:05 AM


The poll is an FRC action poll here:


It may have been a push-poll, but I always believed the 10pt lead for McCaskill would be short-lived. I look forward to the next Rasmussen poll.

-- Posted by bbollmann on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 8:29 AM

Dr. Pam Grow is likely one of the "Doctors" Akin was referring to in his infamous quote. The longer Akin stays in the race the more harm he does to the cause of life and liberty.

-- Posted by NewtDobbs on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 8:53 AM

At the risk of getting in the way of Todd Akin's political lynch mob, and an apparently well organized one at that, there are a couple of thoughts that might be worth sharing.

His use of the term "legitimate rape" seems to be the comment we all regret...Todd Akin most of all. But in the history of the Right to Life movement, that term has a place except the Congressman regretably left out two words:"claim of."

As someone who has always supported the exceptions for Rape,Incest or the Life of the Mother, I also know there's always been a qualifier for the first two, namely "If there's a police report on file." Leave that requirement out and you've got a loophole for abortion on demand.

Had Congressman Akin said "legitimate claim of rape" and then explained himself, I suspect the firestorm might never have errupted ... or at least would have passed quickly.

As for the likelihood of pregnancy resulting from a rape, there is at least divided professional opinion. Two links might be worth reader's attention here:



In some ways the first is more notable because it's a Washington Post article written by two men who normally write for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. However, this piece never made into the StL PD. Perhaps that's why they had to pitch it to the Post.

All by itself that says quite a lot about the managed thought control in Missouri. It's not just the "liberal media." The Washington Post is no right-wing rag.

I'd say the 8th District Committee got it right.

-- Posted by Josh Bill on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 9:35 AM

Believe it if you want: Wenzel Strategies, on behalf of the Family Research Council, has Todd Akin up 45-42 over Claire McCaskill, to go along with a 44-50 favorability rating. The FRC has been one of Akin's most prominent defenders since his discourse on "legitimate rape.

-- Posted by Pythagoras on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 10:15 AM

He's the RNC's boy....spin it however you like. He opened his mouth and stupid stuff rolled out. Not once, but twice.

-- Posted by Mudflopper on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 11:08 AM

The word "legitimate" is not the problem. The problem is that the comment showed how misguided this man's reasoning is... How easily he can be mislead... How little research or study he puts into making his mind up on policy.

If he had said no exception, ever, because every abortion is wrong; that at least would be understandable. But his basis in junk science is the real problem; and disqualifies him from receiving my (usually reliably republican) vote.

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 12:23 PM

He's the RNC's boy....spin it however you like. He opened his mouth and stupid stuff rolled out. Not once, but twice. -- Posted by Mudflopper on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 11:08 AM

Saying something stupid is not a disqualifier for anything. I posted on here - last week - about 7 of the stupidest things I've ever heard a politician say. And all the quotes were from Claire McCaskill. She's a dingbat She "didn't know" she owed $287,000 in unpaid taxes for 3 years? She was the Mo. State AUDITOR - DUH!

This all comes down to Obamacare. 70% of Missourians were against it. Akin is against it. McCaskill is for it. Todd Akin can't do a single thing about abortion as a Missouri senator. Quit the scare tactics.

Are you going to vote for Obama's best friend and tax dodger? or are you going to vote for an anit-Obamacare guy that pays his taxes but said a stupid thing.

I know my answer to that.

-- Posted by Dug on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 4:07 PM

Sounds like time to replace the old school RINO (Republican In Name Only) party hacks with some Tea Party. Why should every Republican all the way up to Romney be hurt by association with Akin? The new Obama tv ads say Romney and Akin agree, they will hurt Romney all over the country! Why should we lose the chance at having a working Senate and House of Representatives by letting Claire get back in? Why should we take the chance of having Obama take over our democracy in January so that Mr. Akin can try to go back to Washington? Why should our whole country go down the tubes to satisfy his egotism? These RINOs put our country on the verge of total ruin, not the Democrats. Find some new blood, some people who understand our county and the purpose of our Constitution. Next time the ballot is taking names for ward committee members, sign up and get some NEW BLOOD!

-- Posted by teachergloria on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 4:59 PM

Dr. Pamela Grow doesn't know beans about the Missouri voter compared to Jack Danforth, John Ashcroft, Roy Blunt, Kit Bond, all of whom were elected repeatedly to state and federal office when the state was solid blue.

I have talked to many Republican women who say they simply cannot vote for Akin, and won't!

-- Posted by teachergloria on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 5:02 PM

It's about time....

-- Posted by kc135e on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 9:16 AM

Well it's all very simple actually. Either you want one of the current president's best supporters back in office or you don't. As for me, I don't and I don't believe there are any of us who haven't put our foot in our mouth a time or two and regretted it. I know I've done my share of it...and I know who I'll be voting for in November!

-- Posted by kc135e on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 9:26 AM

The 8th District Committee should have said nothing. Like it or not, Akin is the candidate. I hope he drops out, but I will vote for him over an opponent who has not only said some stupid things but consistently votes with Obama.

-- Posted by tom on Fri, Aug 31, 2012, at 11:28 PM

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