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Todd Akin's Family, Staff Receiving Threats

UPDATE 7:05 P.M.: The U.S. Senate candidate has been under fire since his weekend comments on "forcible rape", despite an apology for the remarks. His spokesperson confirms the threats are real.

KTVI-TV is reporting that Todd Akin, the Republican who has been under intense pressure since his weekend comments on "forcible rape" threatened to derail his U.S. Senate bid against Claire McCaskill, is now fending off more than calls to quit the race.

At 6:34 p.m. Thursday, Patch received the following confirmation from Steve Taylor, Akin's district communication director:  “I can verify that the Capitol police are working with an outside law enforcement agency regarding threatening contact with our official office.  The office of Congressman Akin has received threats of rape of his official staff, family and the Congressman himself along with suggestions that individuals should die.”   

KTVI and other outlets say the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating threats of rape and other violence made against Akin's staff and family.

Akin has resisted calls to step aside in the race. Patch will provide more information on the nature of the threats as details become available.

Eureka-Wildwood Patch editor Julie Brown Patton contributed to this report.

RDBet August 25, 2012 at 03:49 AM
The independent fact checkers disagree with you Eileen. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/mar/10/rick-santorum/rick-santorum-said-obama-said-any-child-born-prema/ http://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/did-elite-media-ignore-infanticide/ By the way, the youtube clip needs to subtitles to telling you what conclusion to draw. What a joke. Looks we we'll see Missouri become the national battleground for abortion debate. whoa nelly.
Judi Moore August 29, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Years of service. He hasn't voted for anything other than abortion/stem cell for several years. Come to think of it - he hasn't shown up. I am a GOP supporter that supports Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan however will be voting for Claire in November if he is not out of the race. No - I will not "rubber stamp" someone because they have an R at the end of their name. He and he only and his "religious right" view (remember Tim McVeigh) will divide the Republican party. Sad.
Eileen Tyrrell August 30, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Judi: With all due respect, please check your facts. Todd Akin has voted on every major piece of legislation that crosses his desk. That includes a diverse range of issues; for example, immigration, budgets, defense, etc.
Eileen Tyrrell August 30, 2012 at 03:49 AM
@RDBet. The Illinois Senator gets asked a "couple" of times about his vote on the Born Alive Bill; during a year on the campaign trail, that is not fair and balanced coverage compared to this one issue involving Todd Akin. I believe this is the fourth or fifth article in a little more than a week. The reaction and media coverage of The President of the United States voting AGAINST legislation to provide medical coverage for a CHILD who survived attempted murder, when he was a State Senator is SLIGHT compared to the outrage of a Congressman who misrepresented his position on rape and pregnancy. THAT is the example of media bias I was making.
RDBet August 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM
As stated above, the independent fact checkers disagree with you. Playing up incitement over bizarre extrapolations that Obama is involved with infaticide, is an act of desparation. Perhaps the media didn't cover it to your liking because they allotted so much time to the birtherism.

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