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Akin was Arrested at Least Eight Times in 1980's
Hot Line ^ | 11/3/12 | Dan Friedman

Posted on 11/03/2012 3:32:05 PM PDT by randita

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin was arrested at least eight times in the 1980s at anti-abortion protests, according to newly obtained records.

That is four arrests in addition to four the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last month based on a review of its contemporaneous coverage of protests. The four additional arrests each appear to have occurred outside a women's health clinic in Ballwin, Missouri in St. Louis County between 1985 and 1987.

"Right Wing Watch," a project of People For the American Way, a nonprofit group critical of Akin's ties to what it calls radical elements of the pro-life movement, obtained incident reports on the arrests Friday from the St. Louis Country Police Department under Missouri's sunshine law, and provided them to National Journal.

Akin was arrested on October 26, 1985, April 19, 1986 and February 28, 1987 for trespassing. A December, 27 1986 arrest was for "trespassing and peace disturbance." The arrests reported by the Post-Dispatch came in the same period, between March 1985 and May 1987, but occurred at other clinics. Three were in St. Louis and one in Granite City, Illinois. The paper said protesters tried to block access to the clinics and refused to leave. In one case, Akin was carried out by police. The last known arrest came shortly before Akin's 1988 election to the Missouri State House, where he served for 12 years before he joined the House.

Akin campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler declined to comment on the new arrest records. Tyler has dismissed past Akin arrests as "something that happened a quarter century ago," and said they are less relevant to the Senate race than charges by the Akin campaign and conservative media outlets about business practices of Joseph Shepard, the husband of Akin's opponent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, including suggestions McCaskill personally benefited from millions of dollars in federal grants won by Shepard's firms.

A few days before Tuesday's election, news of additional arrests may not much affect views of Akin. His staunch pro-life stance is a big part of his political pitch. His arrest record emerged in part because he boasted of it to supporters. Akin's statement that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy and his opposition to emergency contraception for rape victims, along with other statements, have been hammered in ads aired by McCaskill. They have already generated pitched opposition to his candidacy from many voters and helped McCaskill open a large lead among likely female voters, and a solid lead in most polling.

But critics hope Akin's record bolsters Democrats' contention that his actions and beliefs, in addition to his statements, make him unacceptably extreme for most Missouri voters. While Akin noted he was arrested in a "peaceful protest," People for the American Way has worked to document Akin's ties to people in the anti-abortion movement who advocated violence against doctors who perform abortions.

Akin was arrested with members of an anti-abortion group later taken over by Tim Dreste, who pushed aggressive action against abortion clinics and was arrested hundreds of times at anti-abortion protests. In one case Dreste held a sign referencing a doctor in Florida who was murdered by protestors. In 1993 Akin contributed to Dreste's longshot state house campaign. After Dreste started a militia group, Akin was listed as a speaker at a 1995 rally held not long before the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, though he apparently did not address the rally.

In 1999, Dreste lost a civil lawsuit that charged he threatened to kill pro-choice plaintiffs who sued him in 1995. He was then censured by the St. Louis Country Republican Central Committee and forced to resign from a seat on the committee. "We condemn the use or threat of violence," the group said in a letter explaining the action.

Tyler said Akin now has no relationship with Dreste. But in 2011, shortly before Akin announced his widely expected Senate run, Dreste registered eight Akin-affiliated domain names, such as "ToddAkinFor Senate.org." People for the American Way also cited a picture posted by Dreste's wife on Facebook showing Akin and the couple's daughter.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: akin; cinos; finos; missouri; rinos

1 posted on 11/03/2012 3:32:08 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita
Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin was arrested at least eight times in the 1980s at anti-abortion protests, according to newly obtained records.

Well, there goes the liberal vote. LOL
2 posted on 11/03/2012 3:35:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: randita

Brother Aiken has some creds. If I were in MO I would vote for him.


3 posted on 11/03/2012 3:35:42 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Lion Den Dan

I’m with you !


4 posted on 11/03/2012 3:37:13 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: randita

They’re about three days too late for an October Surprise.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 3:37:56 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: cripplecreek

OK, that does it. Not voting for him, no way!!!

Urrrr...uh...oops, live in Washington state.


6 posted on 11/03/2012 3:38:26 PM PDT by CityCenter (It's too late, Obama yeah, it's too late.)
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To: randita

Don’t the civil rights crowd glory in getting arrested?


7 posted on 11/03/2012 3:41:02 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: randita

I wonder how many times Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro was arrested back in the 80s. I don’t think we’ll ever know.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 3:42:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The Red Cross says, Vote For Obama!)
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To: randita

Arrested for saving lives of unborn babies.


9 posted on 11/03/2012 3:44:10 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: randita

GOOD FOR HIM!!

And, by the way, you don’t have to be a fanatic to get arrested at a right to life event. Many police in liberal cities are biased against the right to life, and many will arrest a right to lifer just for standing on a public sidewalk—and then lie about it.

That even happened at Notre Dame, supposedly a Catholic campus.


10 posted on 11/03/2012 3:45:03 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

IMO this is more reason to vote for Akin.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 3:46:51 PM PDT by Venturer
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We knew he was pro-life. That is why he is so hated. He was arrested for testifying to the sacredness of human life. God Bless him.
12 posted on 11/03/2012 3:47:32 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: randita

A proud record to have.


13 posted on 11/03/2012 3:48:30 PM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: FlingWingFlyer

ZERO! The guy just doesn’t believe in anything enough to put his own skin into the game.


14 posted on 11/03/2012 3:49:10 PM PDT by CityCenter (It's too late, Obama yeah, it's too late.)
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To: freekitty
Arrested for saving lives of unborn babies.

I'll take that, over murdering one and getting a pass!

15 posted on 11/03/2012 3:50:26 PM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: randita

We need prolife leadership in DC. Let’s hope he can win.


16 posted on 11/03/2012 3:50:45 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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To: randita

For once being arrested is a Republican resume enhancement.


17 posted on 11/03/2012 3:51:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: randita

Good for him! That’s eight pluses in my book.


18 posted on 11/03/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: fortheDeclaration

The antislavery crow did a bit more than that ~ (fill in family orchard full of slave catcher’s bodies, bleeding kansas, underground railway, protecting the drinking gourd pathway to liberty) ~ so, I don’t believe Br’r Akin did any wrong.


19 posted on 11/03/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: randita

Arrested for trying to save the lives of babies.

How awful! How criminal!

How sarcastic can I get?


20 posted on 11/03/2012 3:52:52 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: randita

Hope Akin is running this in an ad...


21 posted on 11/03/2012 3:53:08 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blamed Flamed Shamed didn't vote for R/R or O/B)
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To: cripplecreek
This is so funny. The dems think they can use this against Akin. How many times was Martin Luther King arrested during his demonstrations and marches? And he's considered to be the icon of the democratic party. Todd arrested for Pro-Life demonstrations? That makes Todd equal to King.

TODD AKIN FOR U.S. SENATE

22 posted on 11/03/2012 3:54:40 PM PDT by Evil Slayer ((Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....))
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To: fortheDeclaration

Seems Martin Luther King was arrested many, many times too. So what? He is a national hero. Go Akin!


23 posted on 11/03/2012 3:58:59 PM PDT by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
They’re about three days too late for an October Surprise.

The Bush DUI suppressed his vote because the evangelicals among his supporters were disappointed in him.

Akin could have been arrested a dozen times in the '80's for anti-abortion activism and it won't disappoint a single supporter. It actually lends to his conservative credentials -- like a liberal being charged with cheating on his wife.

24 posted on 11/03/2012 4:02:30 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: randita

Yep — arrested eight times trying to protect the lives of those that McCasKILL has spent her years in the Senate voting to KILL. He is proud of these arrests and should be.


25 posted on 11/03/2012 4:11:49 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: randita

They just secured his pro-life bonafides.


26 posted on 11/03/2012 4:13:20 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BAL1OK/)
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To: randita

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P_Df_8oZUc&feature=channel&list=UL


27 posted on 11/03/2012 4:14:16 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Cicero
Mr. Akin can proudly claim that he has company among many prominent Americans who did the same thing to stand up for what they believe in when it comes to the state-sponsored crime of abortion.

Former New York Giants All-Pro tight end Mark Bavaro, for example, was among about 500 people arrested in front of an abortion clinic in New York City in 1988, during the peak of his NFL career.

28 posted on 11/03/2012 4:15:18 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: randita
Another reason I will vote for Todd.

As if I needed any more reasons.

29 posted on 11/03/2012 4:43:57 PM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: randita

Arrested for protesting against the murder of unborn babies.

I like him even more now than I did 5 minutes ago.


30 posted on 11/03/2012 4:54:17 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Lion Den Dan

I probably should send him another check.


31 posted on 11/03/2012 5:04:44 PM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: randita

Proof that he is a man of conviction and should be elected.


32 posted on 11/03/2012 5:08:36 PM PDT by Revel
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To: randita

Since the Garden of Eden was located in Jackson County, Missouri, and when Jesus returns to Earth he is going to Missouri, you’d think it’d be a lot more of a conservative state.


33 posted on 11/03/2012 5:11:37 PM PDT by turn_to
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To: Alberta's Child
TODD AKIN is a leader.
If I lived in his state, I would vote and campaign openly for him.
TODD AKIN is a leader.
TWB
34 posted on 11/03/2012 5:35:49 PM PDT by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: randita

Proves he is not just talk. He is the real thing.

A politician with moral conviction!


35 posted on 11/03/2012 5:48:15 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Evil Slayer

MLK was a Republican.


36 posted on 11/03/2012 5:49:07 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: randita

Ping for later.


37 posted on 11/03/2012 5:54:10 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
They’re about three days too late for an October Surprise

Their October surprise?

Geez! I thought this was an article released by the Akin campaign! Oh well, I'm sending him another donation anyways for sacrificing an arrest or so for LIFE.

38 posted on 11/03/2012 5:58:31 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: randita

In a world where murdering babies everyday is acceptable and being arrested multiple times for trying to stop the deaths is frowned upon and written about in derogatory tones absolutely, fricking, baffles me. What kind of world do we live in now?


39 posted on 11/03/2012 6:12:08 PM PDT by peggybac (Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer)
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To: peggybac

Another piece of the End Times, of course ~ it comes in fits and starts ~ if it came all at once no one would survive.


40 posted on 11/03/2012 8:12:09 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: randita

I wish our Presidential candidate had proven pro-life convictions like this


41 posted on 11/03/2012 8:20:36 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Lion Den Dan

Brothers Akin and Mourdock are losing two seats my dog could have won.

Never again.


42 posted on 11/03/2012 8:27:14 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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