Gingrich embraces Akin, but Priebus, McCaskill attack
The Kansas City Star
Republican Rep. Todd Akin is getting the good news/bad news treatment these days.
On Monday, former U.S. House member and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was in Kirkwood, stumping for Akin in his U.S. Senate race against Claire McCaskill.
Yes, having Gingrich in your corner counts as the good news for Akin, at least as far as he sees it.
“This is an act of conscience on my part _ I didn’t like seeking a guy getting beaten up by the power structure,” Gingrich said, referring to top GOP officials’ statements that they won’t help Akin win the race.
But also Monday, McCaskill’s forces released an online ad attacking Akin’s supposed flip-flop on earmarks last week, all to get potential access to more campaign funds.
And Akin didn’t get much love from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday.
“We’re not going to play in Missouri with Todd Akin, I can tell you that,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Akin faces a Tuesday deadline to get out of the race, but he’s clearly not going to do that.
So be prepared to read a lot more about this race, as McCaskill unleashes more ads aimed at Akin’s extremist views.