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04/19/2007


Rep. Todd Akin Says He'll Continue Senate Bid: AUDIO

AkinRep. Todd Akin will ignore Republican calls for him to quit his race for U.S. Senate. He tells Mike Huckabee that he'll continue on.

Said Akin: "We are going to continue with this race for U.S. Senate."

Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not support him.

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual.  By staying in this race, Congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare.

“It should not be lost on anyone that some of the only voices not calling for Congressman Akin to do the right thing and step aside are Claire McCaskill and the leaders of the pro-abortion movement.   Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.
 
“We continue to hope that Congressman Akin will do the right thing for the values he holds dear, but there should be no mistake – if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”

Developing...

In related news, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined him earlier today in sending Republicans off a cliff:

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely.

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Fox News Stands With Chick-fil-A And Appreciate Mike Huckabee's Rabble-Rousing: VIDEO

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Fox News has been having a field day with the protests over Chick-fil-A, and they're making no secret of where they stand: the Fox & Friends hosts had some of the franchise's fare for breakfast during today's show.

It was there that host Steve Doocy firmly aligned himself with Chick-fil-A. In his opinion, "so many on the left are so intolerant" and the protests over Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's anti-gay politics, and the money the company has funneled to anti-gay causes, is an attack on free speech.

Doocy and company also chatted with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee today. Huckabee is the man who sparked the right's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," which Fox host Brian Kilmeade calls a "great idea."

As for Huckabee, he says he organized because the left's "hate speech" was "getting out of hand" and that Chick-fil was being subjected to "economic bullying."

"It was just getting out of hand — the hate speech and the incredible language that was being hurled at Dan Cathy, the CEO, because in an interview with a Christian newspaper he took a stand for traditional marriage,” he said, according to Mediaite. “For that, he was just being bullied. Economic bullying was the way this was going down.”

Huckabee was also asked about the "kiss-in" being held tomorrow by LGBT activists and their allies to counter the conservative action. He says supports their freedom to assemble as long as they're "orderly." Of course his alleged support comes with a subtle jab pitting LGBT people against families, which are of course only headed by heterosexual couples: "If [the LGBT activists] believe that this [kiss-in] will help their cause – to put people of the same sex kissing each other in front of families – if they believe that will encourage people to be more sympathetic than more power to them. In America, I believe that people have the right to do things that I might not agree with."

Watch both videos AFTER THE JUMP.

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Randy Rainbow Gets a Job at Chick-fil-A: VIDEO

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And it just happens to be 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day'. Look who stops by!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Nearly 550,000 Have RSVP'ed to Mike Huckabee's Hateful 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day', Set for Tomorrow

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Approximately 550,000 people have signed up to eat Chick-fil-A tomorrow following a call to action from Mike Huckabee to show their support for Dan Cathy and his company's donations to anti-gay causes.

The Christian Civic League of Maine is actually bussing bigots to Massachusetts to eat there because there are no Chick-fil-A restaurants in Maine:

“We are calling on folks that agree with Mr. Cathy to make their way to Chick-fil-A to show their support for him,” Christian Civic League executive director Carroll Conley said in an interview Tuesday, referring to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy.

CathyMeanwhile, a report released today valued Cathy's chicken empire at $4.5 billion, Bloomberg reports:

The two sons of Samuel Truett Cathy, the chicken sandwich empire’s founder -- Dan Cathy, 59, and Donald Cathy, who is known as Bubba -- have joined the ranks of the world’s richest, according to a report published today by PrivCo, a New York- based research firm that specializes in private companies’ financial data.

The report values Chick-fil-A at $4.5 billion. Dan Cathy, the company’s president, and Don Cathy, its executive vice president, each own a third of the restaurant chain, according to a person familiar with the company who asked not to be named because it is closely held. Neither has appeared on an international wealth list.

“The sons have been involved in running the company for many years,” said Kenneth L. Bernhardt, a professor at Georgia State University’s business school and a longtime consultant for Chick-fil-A, in a phone interview today.


Don't Turn a Chicken Sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One, Says Log Cabin Republican Executive Director

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Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper weighs in on the Chick-fil-A controversy in a HuffPost piece:

Rclarke_cooperTurning a chicken sandwich into Public Gay Enemy Number One makes LGBT people look superficial, vindictive and juvenile -- everything that we as a community have worked hard to overcome. Remember, employers don't want drama queens on the payroll, military service is serious business, and marriage is not a right society grants to spoiled children. While in a perfect world our equality should not depend on our good behavior, in a world where our rights too often hinge on political reality, the way our movement conducts itself matters.

The "movable middle" moves both ways, and they don't like seeing people attacked relentlessly for their religion. Whatever the nuances, these voters see a man standing up for his beliefs against a politically powerful mob dead-set on driving him out of business. It's un-American, and when fellow conservatives are finally standing up and speaking out for marriage equality as consistent with the sober values of responsibility and commitment, splashing a popular American company with metaphorical chicken blood in protest is nothing less than friendly fire.

Even if marriage equality activists "won" and Chick-fil-A went out of business tomorrow, what would be gained? True, some businesses may hesitate to donate to antigay causes in the future, but LGBT people would have handed antigay organizations a weapon better than money can buy -- confirmation that gay people really are the thought police, willing and able to use the power of the state to impose our will on oppressed social conservatives.

Reminder: Tomorrow is Mike Huckabee's 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day'.


Mike Huckabee Talks with NOM's Brian Brown About 'Economic Bullying' of Chick-fil-A by Gays: AUDIO

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It's not surprising that NOM's Brian Brown and Mike Huckabee have taken Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy's statements against gays and his company's many donations to anti-gay marriage causes and tried to turn it into a case of gays oppressing Christians, but it is disgusting.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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