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Akin aide adds profanity to ‘dog’ characterization of McCaskill

His Twitter comment about McCaskill extends controversy that began over the weekend.

Updated: 2012-10-23T04:15:11Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

The doggy wars are continuing in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race.

Republican Todd Akin on Saturday likened his opponent, Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

On Monday, Akin aide Rick Tyler wrote on Twitter that if McCaskill “were a dog, she’d be a ‘Bullshitsu.’”

That triggered a firestorm on social media networks and sparked this response from McCaskill spokesman Caitlin Legacki: “We’re going to let Missouri voters make judgments about the kind of language being used by Todd Akin’s campaign.”

Later in the day, Tyler tweeted that his remark was meant as a “joke” and apologized to “dog lovers everywhere.”

Akin’s campaign made headlines worldwide in August when he stated in a TV interview that victims of “legitimate” rape have the biological ability to ward off pregnancy.

Last weekend’s dog reference brought a new round of attention.

“She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, you know, ‘fetch,’” Akin said. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and gets all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies, and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.”

McCaskill campaign manager Adrianne Marsh said she wasn’t shocked by the remark.

“I’m not even upset that he compared Claire to a dog,” Marsh wrote. “At this point, I really don’t expect anything more or less from Todd Akin.”

To reach Steve Kraske, call 816-234-4312 or send email to skraske@kcstar.com.

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