Akin Praised, Reviewed Unit of Militia Group He Recently Claimed He Had Nothing to Do With

A copy of the article, that appeared in the Springfield News-Leader in 1995:

Josh Glasstetter, research director of People for the American Way (a progressive advocacy group), dug up this article in the microfilms of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Apparently, Akin's statements here haven't received any media attention since they were first published.

An excerpt of the relevant parts of the article:

As for legislators who have talked at militia events - two St. Louis-area legislators did that in March - that's their choice, he said.

That's obviously something the governor would not do," Sifford said.

Carnahan might not be giving the militias a chance, one legislator said.

No friend of the governor, Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis, said he passed up a chance to speak at the 1st Missouri Volunteers rally in March because of scheduling conflicts and because he thought the militia had to earn the community's respect. [...]

Although Akin didn't speak at the rally, he subsequently talked to the 1st Missouri's commander and checked out the unit.

"There's a lot of potential for good; on the other hand, if you let the thing be infiltrated by a bunch of Skinheads; that would be a problem," he said.

A volunteer group under a unified command would have been useful during the 1993 floods and would be valuable if the New Madrid Fault snaps, he said.

Akin said he's talked to the 1st Missouri commander John Moore and considers him "a very sober fellow" and also sought the opinions of others, including a Jewish group.

"I have no indication from anybody they're anything other than what they present themselves to be," he said.

Correction: An earlier version of this post said that Akin spoke to Jo Mannies about the 1st Missouri Volunteer militia in 2000. Akin actually spoke to Eric Stern of the Post-Dispatch. The error has been corrected above.

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Quick, change the subject, uptightie-righties!

Chris McDaniel
Chris McDaniel

Any chance you hacks will run a "Breaking" piece on the corrupt dealings & currently in-litigation sexual harassment case McCaskill's companies are involved in? Too much to hope for, I'm sure. It's very un-hip to have journalistic integrity these days.

Leah Greenbaum
Leah Greenbaum

That's a good question Chris, and certainly one that puzzled me at first. I think that what makes militia groups "radical" are the people who are in them and the mandate they pursue. A number of members of the 1st Missouri Volunteers had long arrest records and were known to defend their positions using tactics that are outside the mainstream and outside the law (ie this profile we ran twelve years ago about the group's chaplain tim dreste: http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2012/10/todd_akin_tim_dreste_arrested_prolife.php

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Any evidence of this "radical" group doing something "radical"?

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

Akin is a douchebag and so is anyone who would vote for him because they are racist, brainwashed idiots who want that 'f**king n**ger Muslim out of the White House and would instead put a Mormon in who believes Christians are going to hell and their God and Jesus are not the only route to heaven. That's sadly how stupid Republicans are. Just count the votes on election day and that will tell you the number of people who clearly have no brain at all.

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