With the Republican National Convention getting underway today, this probably isn't what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanted delegates to see when they rolled out of bed this morning: a full page ad in the Tampa Tribune linking Romney and Ryan to "legitimate rape" congressman, Todd Akin.
This is on the heels of an announcement by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that they are tying vulnerable congressional republicans to his outrageous remarks about women who are "legitimately raped" being able to "shut that whole thing [pregnancy] down."
On the list of targets? None other than Missouri's own Vicky Hartzler (R-04). Here's what Hartzler's constituents will hear:
Hello. This is Julie calling from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard Congressman Todd Akin’s unbelievable comments about rape and his outrageous beliefs about women’s rights.
You know what’s even more worrisome? He’s not alone. Republicans like your Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler share some of these radical, right-wing beliefs — that the government should take away a woman’s access to making informed decisions about her own pregnancy. It’s outrageous.
This week, Congresswoman Hartzler’s Republican Party platform will include a plank that says no to a woman’s right to choose without any exceptions even in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk. If you’re tired of this right-wing social agenda from Congressman Todd Akin and Congresswoman Hartzler then call her now.