Todd Akin is no stranger to controversial statements. He was criticized nationally in August when he made the claim that the victims of “legitimate rape” can force their bodies to avoid pregnancy. He has done it again. In a town hall meeting when questioned about his opposition to the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Akin said he believes it’s fair for employers to pay women less than men.
“I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay,” he responded. “I think it’s about freedom,” Akin added. “If somebody wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.”
Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act has made it easier for women to challenge unequal pay. The Labor Department puts the median female worker’s earnings at 80 percent of the median male worker’s earnings based on figures in the second quarter of 2012. This is just slightly higher than the 75 percent they earned in 1989.
Akin accused his opponent Senator Claire McCaskill of acting not lady like at the debates. He equated her aggression to mean she is a desperate loser. Akin lost his GOP endorsement after his “legitimate rape” comments in August. Regardless of the outcry, Akin is still in the mist for the senate seat. He currently leads his opponent by one percentage point. It appears Missouri is not so offended by his position on woman. The GOP has once again decided to back Akin for the senate seat. If voters still back him, then why not the GOP; after all, it means one more senate seat for the GOP.