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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