Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘We Can’t Let Akin Win’

kirsten gillibrand wiki Kirsten Gillibrand: We Can’t Let Akin Win

Kirsten Gillibrand (Photo: Wikimedia)

Though it has been less than two hours since Missouri Congressman Todd Akin took to the airwaves and vowed to keep his senate campaign going, he is now reportedly ending that bid following the flap over a statement he made that women can’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” However, the rumors of Mr. Akin’s impending political demise didn’t stop New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from sending her supporters and email asking them to donate to Mr. Akin’s Democratic opponent, Claire McCaskill.

“In all my years of public service, I’ve heard a lot of shocking remarks on the campaign trail. But yesterday’s appalling comment by Tea Party senatorial candidate Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri took things to a whole new level,” Ms. Gillibrand wrote. “This from someone who’s tied with Senator Claire McCaskill in the polls, from someone who could tip the balance of power in the Republicans’ favor. We can’t let Akin win. We need to help Claire, who’s been a strong progressive voice in the Senate on behalf of women’s rights. Give to Claire McCaskill’s campaign today and help make sure Akin and his abhorrent views don’t reach the Senate.”

Ms. Gillibrand characterized Mr. Akin’s remarks as indicative of the “unfounded, far-fetched theories” espoused by “ultraconservative Republicans.”

“Akin’s comment is not just profoundly insensitive to all victims of rape, it shows an astounding ignorance about the workings of the human body. It’s hard to believe that he is actually a member of the House Science Committee! But we’ve come to see how some right-wing Republicans will invent all sorts of unfounded, far-fetched theories to support their ultraconservative ideological beliefs,” she wrote.

Ms. Gillibrand is far from the only Democrat rushing to capitalize on Mr. Akin’s remarks. Shortly after Ms. Gillibrand’s missive reached Politicker’s inbox, we received a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising email written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who encouraged people to give money to the DCCC in order to “send the message to Congressman Akin that this type of hostility towards women and victims of rape will not be tolerated.”

Read Ms. Gillibrand’s full email below.

 

“In all my years of public service, I’ve heard a lot of shocking remarks on the campaign trail. But yesterday’s appalling comment by Tea Party senatorial candidate Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri took things to a whole new level.

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he said, defending his absolute opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape.

This from someone who’s tied with Senator Claire McCaskill in the polls, from someone who could tip the balance of power in the Republicans’ favor.

We can’t let Akin win. We need to help Claire, who’s been a strong progressive voice in the Senate on behalf of women’s rights.

Give to Claire McCaskill’s campaign today and help make sure Akin and his abhorrent views don’t reach the Senate.

Click here to make your donation to Claire’s campaign right now. It’s the best way to express your outrage about Akin’s remark and ensure the Democrats keep our Senate majority.

Akin’s comment is not just profoundly insensitive to all victims of rape, it shows an astounding ignorance about the workings of the human body. It’s hard to believe that he is actually a member of the House Science Committee!

But we’ve come to see how some right-wing Republicans will invent all sorts of unfounded, far-fetched theories to support their ultraconservative ideological beliefs.

It’s up to us to make sure Claire has the resources she needs to beat Akin and help us protect the critical Democratic majority in the Senate.

Give to the McCaskill for Senate campaign as soon as you can and make your voice heard. Even just $5 will make a real difference in this extremely tight race.

I believe this could be a real turning point in the Missouri race and in our overall effort to keep control of the Senate. Let’s be sure to take advantage of this moment as best we can.

Thanks for your generous support,

Kirsten”