Many in the mainstream GOP (including presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan) distanced themselves last week from Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's remark about "legitimate rape," but not so Family Research Council (FRC) president and former Louisiana state Rep. Tony Perkins, who said of his organization, "We support [Akin] fully and completely" and, "I think that Todd Akin is getting a really bad break here."
The two men have been long acquainted. Last year, Akin appeared on Perkins' radio show, where he said liberalism "really is a hatred for God."
Perkins served two terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004. He left politics to head up the FRC in 2003 and has since been a frequent guest on cable news, advancing a pro-life position and conservative values. Akin is running for the Missouri U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Despite urgings and demands from national Republicans and conservative groups that he withdraw, Akin announced he intends to stay in the race. He was ahead of the incumbent in polls taken a week before his comment, but finished last week 10 points behind McCaskill in a Rasmussen poll of 500 likely Missouri voters. — Kevin Allman