Daily dose: Local history and the Todd Akin 'gotcha' argument
In 1912, baseball teams from the Champaign and Urbana city councils will play a charity game at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at League Park for the benefit of Burnham Hospital. Alderman Armstrong urged all members of the Champaign team to meet at 5 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for practice.
In 1962, Champaign County authorities were in Charleston, questioning Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. ReVeal, who apparently made a family affair of farm burglaries throughout central Illinois. The young couple was arrested in Coles County and admitted committing burglaries in Champaign, Coles, Edgar, Douglas, Vermilion, Cumberland and Moultrie counties. ReVeal, 28, and his wife, Hazel, 20, told authorities they took their 11-month-old son with them when they burglarized more than 20 homes around Charleston.
The Family Research Council claims that Rep. Todd Akin is a victim of 'gotcha' politics. Hardly. Watch the video for yourself.
From The Washington Post blog ...
TAMPA–The head of the Family Research Council’s political action committee Monday said the group supports Rep. Todd Akin “fully and completely” and urged fellow Republicans to find “backbone” to support the embattled Missouri Senate candidate.
Akin, under fire for comments indicating that pregnancies rarely result from “legitimate rape”, is now the victim of “gotcha” politics, said Connie Mackey, who heads up the political action committee of the conservative organization.
“He has been elected five times in that community in Missouri. They know who Todd Akin is. We know who Todd Akin is. We’ve worked with him up on the Hill. He’s a defender of life. He’s a defender of families and this is just a controversy built up, I think, it looks as though, to support his opposition,” she said. “We support him fully and completely.”
Mackey spoke at a news conference at the meeting of the Republican Platform Committee here, alongside the group’s president Tony Perkins. Perkins said he had not looked closely at Akin’s comments, but supported Mackey’s position. She said she is not taking a position on the accuracy of Akin’s comment, only his worth as a Republican candidate.
“I don’t know anything about the science or the legal implications of his statement. I do know politics, and I know gotcha politics when I see it,” she said.
Here is the entire interview with Rep. Todd Akin on KTVI-TV in St. Louis. The video of the comments on rape and abortion -- amid a long and generally friendly interview with Charles Jaco -- are broken out near the bottom of this web page.