Akin, Priebus Clash Over Chairman’s Vow to Not Send Senate Candidate ‘a Penny’
August 29, 2012 - 8:44 am
Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R) lashed out at RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for saying that he wouldn’t send him a dime, regardless.
At the convention in Tampa earlier this week, Priebus was asked by conservative bloggers Ben Howe and Chris Loesch if the RNC’s hardline position against helping the congressman under fire over his “legitimate rape” remarks would change should Akin continue to stay in the race versus Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
“No, no. No. He could be tied. We’re not going to send him a penny,” Priebus said in the video, again advocating that Akin step aside and let someone else run on the GOP ticket.
“I just think that the people who want to do something special are always better than the people who want to be somebody special,” Priebus said.
“Reince Priebus’ comments are extremely dissappointing [sic],” Perry Akin, the congressman’s son and campaign manager, fired back in a statement.
“He claims the mantle of freedom, liberty and the good of America, but this betrays his apparent personal vendetta against Todd Akin,” Akin continued. “He is putting party power and political games ahead of the good of the country.”
The congressman also tweeted, “The GOP Chairman won’t send us a penny to defeat Claire McCaskill. Join GOP leaders like Mike Huckabee to stop her.”
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