U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Kyrillos (R-NJ) weighed in on Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) controversial “legitimate rape” remark earlier today via a released statement:
Like many I am outraged by Representative Todd Akin’s remarks regarding pregnancy and ‘legitimate rape’ – they have no place in our public discourse. But beyond my concern for our national public discourse, I am saddened and disappointed as a husband and a father to a 10 year old daughter. Not only are Representative Akin’s comments about a horrific act of violence wrong and inappropriate, he and I disagree on the issue of abortion, generally.”
That last part is underlined because I’m not 100% what it means, Save Jerseyans.
The Kyrillos campaign hasn’t responded to my email from earlier this afternoon requesting clarification. He doesn’t talk about abortion much; OntheIssues.org reports that Kyrillos is “pro-life” but supports abortion after the first trimester (?) and in instances of rape and incest. Kyrillos did previously sponsor a constitutional amendment to ban third trimester abortions in New Jersey and supports parental consent laws. I couldn’t find anything specific on the topic listed anywhere on his campaign website.
I’ll throw up the campaign’s reply as soon as it’s received…
Meanwhile, back in the “Show Me State,” the NRSC has already pulled Akin’s funding as part of a larger Republican effort to avert electoral disaster in what should’ve been a slam dunk Senate pick up race. He has just hours to decide whether to drop while permitting the GOP to field a replacement.