Slaughter and Brooks Trade Barbs Over Akin Comments
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called on fellow party member and Missouri congressman Todd Akin to quit his bid for the U.S. Senate after his comments on rape.
kin has apologized for saying women's bodies are somehow able to prevent a pregnancy from what he called a "legitimate rape."
Akin said earlier Tuesday that he will not drop out of the race for one of Missouri's two Senate seats.
Locally, two candidates battling it out for the newly formed 25th Congressional District are taking shots at each other over the scandal.
Democratic congresswoman Louise Slaughter released a statement Tuesday, claiming opponent Maggie Brooks has received "significant" contributions from at least thirty co-sponsors of a bill that would redefine rape, including vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
"Maggie Brooks has been deliberately hiding her anti-choice views from the public during this campaign, and has repeatedly aligned herself with some of the most conservative voices in Washington who have tried to strip women of their health care rights and redefine rape to satisfy their radical ideologies. The only thing we really know about Maggie Brooks is that she’s willing to take money from any right-wing group that will try to buy her a seat in Congress.”
Brooks' campaign responded in a statement, saying:
"Louise Slaughter should be ashamed of this outrageous and dishonest attack on Maggie Brooks' character. It's sad to see Louise bring her hyper-partisan brand of Washington politics to our community. The voters of Monroe County know and trust Maggie and her record of protecting taxpayers, and won't be fooled by Louise's dirty tricks."