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Posted on 08/21/2012 10:12:41 AM PDT by doug from upland
Rep. Todd Akin, facing calls to step aside from his bid to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill, once called for his party's state house leader to resign his leadership post following a drunk driving incident, according to local news reports.
Akin, who used the term "legitimate rape" to argue the false claim that women who are raped don't get pregnant, called on then Missouri House GOP leader, Mark Richardson, to quit his post in 1997.
From the Columbia Tribune:
Republican lawmakers interviewed yesterday said they were expecting Richardson to step aside. ``That is the logical thing, just in terms of keeping our focus on legislation,'' said Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis.
A host of Republican leaders have called on Akin to resign. Sen. John Cornyn has pledged to without NRSC support unless Akin quits the race against the vulnerable Democrat.
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Story ran on April 29, 1997
JEFFERSON CITY — Stung by his second drunken-driving arrest in two years,
state Rep. Mark Richardson resigned this morning from his job as Republican
After the second GOP caucus in as many days, Richardson said his family must
come before his political life.
``I do not feel like I was forced to resign at all,’’ Richardson said, despite
numerous public comments from fellow Republicans that he should do so.
Richardson pleaded guilty today to two misdemeanors as a result of his Friday
night arrest in Jefferson City. He was sentenced in circuit court to 200 hours
of community service and attendance in the Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders
Program for driving while intoxicated and child endangerment.
He was stopped after a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper saw him weaving across
Highway 50 near the patrol’s Troop F headquarters. A breath analysis showed
his blood alcohol content was 0.11 percent; the legal maximum is 0.10.
His 4-year-old daughter, Megan, was in the car with him. Richardson was
acquitted in his previous drunken-driving arrest, in 1995 in Arkansas, after
pleading that cold medicine caused breath analysis equipment to make an
House Republicans met for 90 minutes yesterday evening and for more than an
hour again this morning before Richardson announced his resignation. The
leadership post will go unfilled until Monday, when the GOP will caucus again
to select a replacement.
One prominent member, Rep. Don Lograsso, R-Blue Springs and assistant floor
leader, took himself out of the running this morning. Lograsso said the caucus
did not call on Richardson to resign.
``I don’t think it was for me or the rest of the caucus to make that
decision,’’ Lograsso said.
Lograsso said many members, however, aired their opinions before Richardson
made his announcement. ``I don’t think anyone in the caucus took pleasure in
Mark’s troubles,’’ he said.
While Richardson has admitted drinking before leaving his Poplar Bluff home,
he said he would ``plead guilty’’ in a letter to his colleagues.
Richardson and his daughter were traveling from their Poplar Bluff home to
Columbia to meet with his wife, Kathy Richardson, and son, Chris, at the
finals of a state speech tournament.
In his report to Cole County prosecutor Rich Callahan, trooper D.F. Rexroad
said Richardson had ``watery bloodshot eyes, and I could smell a strong odor
of intoxicants on his breath.’’
Richardson told the trooper he had ``a couple of beers at home.’’ He failed
the roadside sobriety tests, losing his balance at one point. During the
finger-to-nose test, Richardson missed the tip of his nose during four out of
six attempts, the trooper reported.
After being informed he would be arrested, Richardson told Rexroad that ``I am
going to tell you something that probably doesn’t make any difference at all,
and it probably shouldn’t, but I serve in the legislature.’’
Today, Richardson refused to say how many drinks he had consumed before
leaving home about 7:30 p.m. He was arrested shortly before 11 p.m.
Republican lawmakers interviewed yesterday said they were expecting Richardson
to step aside. ``That is the logical thing, just in terms of keeping our focus
on legislation,’’ said Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis.
Some GOP House members said they were willing to let Richardson stay on in a
caretaker role until the legislature finishes work May 16.
Richardson is the third member of the House to be charged with DWI this year.
Rep. Phil Tate, D-Gallatin, and Rep. Kate Hollingsworth, D-Jefferson County,
both pleaded guilty after being arrested.
Republican state chairman Woody Cozad, in a prepared statement, said that
Richardson had done the right thing by stepping down. ``By admitting his
mistake, Mark is doing the right thing for himself, his family, his
constituents and his colleagues.’’
Taking care of his problems should come first, said Rep. Sandy Kauffman,
R-Kansas City. ``It is an unpleasant situation that the majority of us don’t
enjoy dealing with,’’ she said. ``The caucus will not fall apart, but you have
only a few chances with your family.’’
By RUDI KELLER
Now control of the U.S. Senate, 0bamacare repeal, etc. is on the line.
For the good of the Country over self, Mr. Akin resign!
Since when does an inarticulate statement (in defense of the unborn) equal a DUI?
Todd Akin Broke No Laws!
Todd Akin is a Solid Pro Life Conservative!
How could one even begin to equate Saving Babies from Death and Driving Drunk and possibly killing babies?
“Since when does an inarticulate statement (in defense of the unborn) equal a DUI?”
What laws did Rep. Akin break?
Re: For the good of the Country over self, Mr. Akin resign!
He won’t do it. His chest thumping ego will keep him from doing what is right for the country. He is the typical @##$% politician.
I’d rather see Cheif Justice Roberts resign.
“Todd Akin Broke No Laws!
Todd Akin is a Solid Pro Life Conservative!”
“How could one even begin to equate Saving Babies from Death and Driving Drunk and possibly killing babies?”
“Id rather see Cheif Justice Roberts resign.”
As long as the MSM drives the discussion of the campaign. You really want to hear about this 'inarticulate statement' 24/7 for the next couple of months?! Claire, who also invested in the Akin primary win, is begging for Akin to stay.
Akin is being used. Big time!
Akin is going to win this!
The Republican convention is coming up, Romney/Ryan’s best opportunity to get out their message and define themselves. And now this Akin fiasco is going to overshadow the entire convention. The damage caused by this might well reverberate far beyond just control of the Senate. We might lose a swing state or two over this.
But at what cost? The very future of our Republic hangs in the balance over this election, and he wants to risk it all over this?
Bump that post!
Todd. Which is more precious? You keeping the Senate seat, or unborn babies.
This might be where Akins got his idea. May have been a common belief.
I recall my mother telling me once that a miscarriage was the woman’s body way of preventing defective baby births.
“We might lose a swing state or two over this.’
Is it worth continuing to compromise our principles for political expediency? The GOP Establishment has led us to believe this for far too long.
“Akin is going to win this!”
Todd Akin is better than this. He should step aside for the good of the pro-life movement.
Akin “used the term ‘legitimate rape’ to argue the false claim that women who are raped don’t get pregnant”?
No, he used the term “legitimate rape” as a synonym for “violent rape,” and to differentiate it from those instances of consensual sex where the woman is simply looking for an excuse to have an abortion or blame the guy.
I challenge everyone to view the raw footage of the interview, here:
Its the third video down on the page.
DUI or one wrong word. Same thing. Murder. Same thing. Treason. Same thing. All the same.
It's no wonder decent people don't want to become involved in politics.
Right thing for who? The Republican establishment so it can put up the candidate it wants?
He shouldn't even think about stepping down unless he knows someone as conservative as he is will be taking his place.
How will we have compromised our principles if Akin steps down and is replaced by another more electable pro-life candidate?
The political process is so sleazy that conservatives and Republicans are just as sleazy as Democrats. It's sickening to anyone with moral compass just as it is equally sickening to vote for someone as morally corrupt as Mitt Romney.
Is it worth losing the Senate or 0bamacare repeal for Todd Akin?
Maybe if the "conservative" media and Republican establishment would stop throwing a hissy fit about his comments, that wouldn't be the case.
If he really cared about the prolife issue, he'd GET OUT and let someone with his values, but not his taint, take his place.
He won't save a single baby by reelecting Claire McCaskill, easily costing the GOP the Senate and maybe even more.
It'll be on his head.
Sometimes leadership means knowing when it's time for you to step aside. Sarah Palin understood that, Todd Akin is too blinded by his own pride and selfishness withdrawal from the ballot.
Please show me where I equated a dumb statement and a DUI. I’ll save you the time. I didn’t.
-— Republican lawmakers interviewed yesterday said they were expecting Richardson to step aside. ``That is the logical thing, just in terms of keeping our focus
on legislation, said Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis. -—
I find it ironic that Akin thought the focus on legislation was important then but apparently it is not now. For the good of the party and the issues they wanted to advance, it was the logical thing that his colleague step down. Akin’s dumb statements will now become the primary focus and the legislation he favors will be but a minor distraction. His message of saving babies in the womb will not get out. He punched a hole in the boat and doesn’t care who goes down with him. Todd, the world does not revolve around you. Others are pro-life and will champion the cause to save babies.
Both Brunner and Steelman ran very close and had conservative supporters. Combine that with the documented evidence that Claire McCaskill wanted Akin and invested in the primary to put him over the top, and I think there is a pretty convincing case that dropping out is the right thing for Akin to do at this point.
He brought this on himself. Completely self-inflicted.
Geez, would Rush just quit droning on about this Akin crap? Let’s get on to other things rather than three freaking hours of this.
Well, I guess you can now move on to another non-Romney thread and take a shot at him.
That truly is one of the most naive comments I've ever read on FR. To think that the MSM wouldn't milk this for everything its worth *if only* the conservatives would drop it. Wow.
There are people on Free Republic with "legitimate" IQs anywhere from dogshirt to 186 -
See 30 below. Egocentric narcissist Akin thinks he is the only one capable of saving babies in the womb. A loss to McCasKILL does not help the cause.
“How will we have compromised our principles if Akin steps down and is replaced by another more electable pro-life candidate?”
Well, we compromise our principles if we negate the results of the primary out of fear of liberals and what they say.
Also, who is to say another Republican candidate would be more electable than Rep. Akin? Especially if pro-life conservatives are turned-off from the piling-on of Rep. Akin?
Resigning when you’re a distraction to the party’s business...for thee, but not for me.
>>Since when does an inarticulate statement (in defense of the unborn) equal a DUI?<<
“Inarticulate statement”? It was WAY more than an “inarticulate statement.” It was idiocy on steroids.
He is toxic to the conservative movement, at a time we cannot afford it. Akin HAS GOT TO GO.
Don’t you know that when you let yourself be bullied it never stops?
You are naive.
“Id rather see Cheif Justice Roberts resign.”
Yeah, ok, let Harry Reid and Barack Obama appoint his successor. Good idea !
“Well, we compromise our principles if we negate the results of the primary out of fear of liberals and what they say.”
I don’t want to negate the results of the primary for fear of what libs say, I want him to step down because I find him an awful spokesperson for our cause who is hurting the cause.
“Also, who is to say another Republican candidate would be more electable than Rep. Akin? Especially if pro-life conservatives are turned-off from the piling-on of Rep. Akin?”
Seriously, you want to argue that he is the most electable Republican in MO, that he is the best spokesperson for the pro-life cause in MO? If that’s the case God help us all.
He needs to get out of the way and let the Sarah & Sarah show take over Missouri.
Folks are off the rails here. It’s insane. They compare WORDS to a DUI and Torricelli’s criminality. I need a break from this place. Sick of people from OUTSIDE Missouri telling us what we need to do. Akin was elected *because* he is a solid conservative. REAL CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE elected him, not democrat plants or whatever the hell you outsiders want to believe. The party bosses here didn’t want him to win, and I’m sure they are all too happy to drag him down.
With friends like these, who needs enemies, right?
Oh, I see. If the big bad GOP simply ignore Akin’s major gaffe, the MSM would just drop the issue entirely. That is just dumb, wishful thinking.
The media are going to flay this guy endlessly from now until November 6. And they’re going to try to hang this around the necks of every other GOP candidate, by turning this “women’s issue” into a national issue.
You think that is naive? Just tune into CBS/ABC/NBC/CNN/MSNBC tonight.
Hysterical. C'mon Man! Results of the primary?! Fear of liberals? It was the liberals who put Akin over the top in the primary!
“Akin HAS GOT TO GO.”
Well, he is not going to go, so let’s come together and support him.
This is getting sick. Now we are comparing drunk driving to a misused sentence. The people most against Akin are the liberals of both parties.
And if he resigns, who’s next.
Let him stay and keep them busy.
Get some courage.
Steelman came in 3rd. Brunner would be next up, not Steelman.