Idaho politics: Farris seeks to capitalize on Akin remarks

Democratic congressional candidate Jimmy Farris said incumbent GOP Rep. Raul Labrador should say whether he agrees with House GOP colleague Todd Akin of Missouri, on the issue of pregnancy resulting from rape.

Akin, a U.S. Senate candidate, has been at the center of a national controversy after questioning whether a woman could become pregnant from "legitimate rape." Among his defenders has been Bryan Fischer, a radio talk show host, former head of the Idaho Values Alliance and former Idaho Senate chaplain.

“Representative Akin’s and Bryan Fischer’s comments are sexist, ignorant, and disgusting,” said Farris. “To suggest that a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape was not actually victimized is outrageous and demeaning. Akin and Fischer are utterly dismissing the suffering of the 32,000 women who become pregnant as a result of rape every year. They are trying to shift the blame back to the victims. It’s sickening.”

Akin's comments have drawn criticism from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Akin to quit the race. Akin on Tuesday vowed to stay in the race.

Labrador's office and campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Here is the Farris news release:

1st Congressional District candidate Jimmy Farris demanded today that Congressman Raul Labrador reveal his stance on the issue of rape-related pregnancy.

On Sunday, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) claimed that it is highly unlikely for women who are victims of “legitimate rape” to become pregnant, saying their bodies disrupt the reproductive process in response to the trauma.

Bryan Fischer, spokesperson for the American Family Association and former executive director for the Idaho Values Alliance, defended Akin’s comments, saying Akin is “absolutely right” about the near-impossibility of conception occurring as a result of rape.

Congressman Labrador has strong ties to Fischer. When Congressman Labrador announced his candidacy for his first congressional run in 2009, Fischer was the first person he emailed with the news. Labrador and Fischer have hosted Tea Party rallies together, and Fischer has claimed that he and Congressman Labrador are “good friends.”

“Representative Akin’s and Bryan Fischer’s comments are sexist, ignorant, and disgusting,” said Farris. “To suggest that a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape was not actually victimized is outrageous and demeaning. Akin and Fischer are utterly dismissing the suffering of the 32,000 women who become pregnant as a result of rape every year. They are trying to shift the blame back to the victims. It’s sickening.”

Mitt Romney denounced Akin’s statement, and several members of the GOP have called on Akin to terminate his candidacy.

“Congressman Labrador, do you agree that Akin should end his candidacy, or do you agree with Todd Akin and Bryan Fischer? Do you believe that ‘legitimate rape’ does not result in pregnancy?”

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Abortion

I think it's a perfectly legitimate request to know where members of the GOP stand on this issue. It's a black eye for that party, and pretending like it's not there is not going to make it disappear. Have the courage, if you respect the legacy of your party, to challenge that blight.

Since a draft of the GOP platform was released a full two days after the firestorm that was Todd Akin's comments and makes no mention of expcetions to abortion in the event of rape or incest, I certainly know what the assumption should be of ANY candidate that doesn't challenge Akin's view on abortion: cowardice or agreement.

so

So just because the guy is stupid and said something stupid, he should end his candidacy?

We wouldn't have any candidates.

Not just stupid

It shows that what he believes is so out of the mainstream that he is unfit to represent. It wasn't a slip of the tongue or that he misspoke; he has a radical mindset that puts him in the fringe category. Butter him up because he's toast.

Smart?

Unless Labrador is an idiot, he can just state that he disagrees with Akin. Like pretty much EVERY Democrat and Republican has likewise done. That would take the wind out of Jimmy's sails, I'm thinkin'. At least until the next distraction comes along.

guilt by association

And we have more evidence that Bryan Fischer is really stupid. Yet he has a degree from Stanford. Hmm, guess that proves not every Ivy Leaguer is smart.

Intelligence and common sense...

...are often mutually exclusive.

Ivy League?

When did Stanford become Ivy League? Wrong coast.

Such is

the caliber of politicians that arise from voter apathy.
Personally, I think that there are larger issues that affect ALL of us that need to be dealt with----poste haste.
I find it extremely gratifying that dysfuctional representatives like McGee are flushed out BEFORE they hold the reins of real power.

"...flushed out before they hold the reins of real power."

If you really believe that, I have two words for you: Nancy Pelosi.

George

Bush

Gosh Jimmy...

Can't wait for a news release from you detailing how you plan to create jobs, fix social security, fix medicare, deal with the middle east and dozens of other extremely important issues. Oh, Jimmy. was there a reason why you didn't want to serve in our military?

Could be

that he was on a vital mission for 30 months in that horrible place called Paris.

Military?

What's Raul's military service record?

Reactionary candidate

Is Farris ever going to do anything except react to GOP candidates that he isn't even running against?

Oh Jimmy

This is it? All you have to run on? Your handlers need to stop listening to Barry's folks and "try" to get you to address some relative IDAHO issues...after all you are running for the HOUSE not the Senate. Lets see...how about immigration...how about subsidies...how about private sector job creation? The idiot in Missouri is just that...he wasn't a popular choice when he decided to run...he just confirmed the concerns about him.

Stop

Stop attacks on women. No more little blue dresses in the oval office.

Stop

Stop attacks on women. No more little blue dresses in the oval office.

Stop

Stop attacks on women. No more little blue dresses in the oval office.

Labrardor and his propaganda

Labrardor and his propaganda staff are flipping and spinning behind the scenes trying to wordsmith Labrador responses and attempting to distance themselves from the controversy.

But they can't.

Labrador quotes; “Everyone in politics is going to be influenced by their faith"

"We can't talk about politics being void of any religious faith. You're asking people to not be who they are."

Who is Labrador…………..hardworking everyday Idahoans are very clear who he is, Labrador is consistently using his elected office to take away women’s rights and defund the American democracy ability to operate.

Our wives, mothers and daughters personal rights under the constitution of the United States of American are under attack by Labrador and his fellow radical republicans.

Labrador and the Republican Party are attempting to use U.S. government legislation to eliminate personal rights of female Americans and force the entire American society to comply with his and his financial supporter’s radical extremist religious political ideology.

Labrador doesn’t believe women have the same rights as men.

Labrador cannot defend his buddy from Missouri, without jeopardizing his Idaho voting base, as all Idaho women have directly experienced the republican disdain for women as they sought to force ultrasound law on Idaho hardworking independent women and eliminate there rights sin Idaho.

Republicans can’t help themselves they just hate strong educated women, they just want women to shut up listen to men, cook and have babies as there radical extremist god intended.

Come on Labrador do you have the guts to stand up for the American personal freedom and denounce the republican approval of rape or has your religious financial supporters have you by the balls.

Well we are waiting……………..Labrador silence says so much so loudly about a man who is never without disdain for our democracy.

I think you might need

I think you might need spell-check.

This is what we call desperation

Farris really is this desperate for attention that he actually is using this in his campaign. Well, I guess when you cannot raise any money and are getting no outside support you work with what you got.