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More Troubles for Akin — from Farmers and GOP Strategist

Kevin Killeen
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U.S. Congressman Todd Akin speaks on the Charlie Brennan Show August 27, 2012.  (KMOX/Patrick Hughes)

U.S. Congressman Todd Akin speaks on the Charlie Brennan Show August 27, 2012. (KMOX/Patrick Hughes)

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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Ostracized by leaders of his own party, Todd Akin faces another rebuke — this time from small town Missouri — as the Farm Bureau reconsiders its August 10 endorsement of Akin in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

The political action committee of the Missouri Farm Bureau reports a deluge of complaints about Akin, after his comments on rape and abortion during an August 19th TV interview.

The unprecedented call for another vote by the bureau comes during harvesting season, so the 113 county farm representatives may have to vote by some method other than meeting together.

A new vote is expected in a matter of days, organizers say. It’s not clear how much clout the Farm Bureau endorsement has with actual farmers or voters in farm communities, who would constitute part of the grass roots base Akin is now turning to in defiance of “party bosses” who want him out.

Meanwhile, Akin’s Ballwin congressional office is protesting a remark allegedly made by GOP strategist Karl Rove. Rove reportedly told GOP donors in a briefing in Tampa that Akin needs to get out of the race for the good of the party. Then Rove allegedly added” “If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts.”

Akin aide Steve Taylor says the remark is insensitive and inflammatory .

“Given the current FBI investigation of threats against Congressman Akin and call for acts of violence and rape against his family and staff, joking as to the potential murder of Congressman Akin is deeply disturbing,” Taylor said.

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