Former adviser, Karl Rove, jokes about murdering Todd Akin

Former adviser, Karl Rove, jokes about murdering Todd Akin

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush, walks on the floor before the start of the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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by Matt Sczesny / KMOV

KMOV.com

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -- Representative Todd Akin is reacting to a harsh joke made by former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove.

At a Republican fundraiser, Rove joked, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

An Akin spokesperson issued a statement saying they found the remark “disturbing” and hoped that Rove “misspoke.”

In recent weeks, Akin, his staff and his family have received numerous threats since remarks he made about rape. The FBI is investigating at least one of those threats.

Here is the full statement issued by Akin's campaign director:

“Given the current FBI investigation of threats against Congressman Akin and call for acts of violence and rape against his family and staff, joking as to the potential murder of congressman Akin is deeply disturbing.  I am certain he misspoke.” 

 

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