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  •  I tried to address that (9+ / 0-)

    by saying that by all appearances, the revelations about Akin's criminal background and associations were dug up by prodigious efforts of People for the American Way and some diligent reporters.  

    There is no indication that the Democratic Party or the McCaskill campaign, or McCaskill herself, had anything to do with it.  

    In any case, everything that has come out has been a matter of public record for decades, and you wouldn't need to be a prosecutor to find out about it.

    •  was it "dug up" or not? (2+ / 0-)
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      HappyinNM, G2geek

      Yes, the info is a matter of public record, but you say yourself that it was "dug up by prodigious efforts". I don't think the suggestion was that only a prosecutor could have uncovered the information, but that a prosecutor would have the wherewithal to know how & where to look. And neither that the information couldn't have been uncovered independently by others.

      I understand what you're saying but it's possible this isn't so black & white.

      All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

      by subtropolis on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 02:57:15 PM PDT

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      •  in the absense of any evidence (4+ / 0-)
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        Dirtandiron, bumbi, G2geek, KenBee

        the speculation seems non-productive. All of the evidence is that People for the American Way and several reporters did their own homework.

      •  Apparently (6+ / 0-)

        Akin used to go by his first name, which is Mike or something. When he first ran for Congress, he started using his middle name, Todd.  This complicated finding the records for him, as it's been a long time since he went by the name Mike Akin or whatever it was.  It wasn't as easy finding the records as it may appear.

        you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

        by Dem Beans on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:44:52 PM PDT

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        •  interesting! effectively changing his name. (3+ / 0-)
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          CuriousBoston, GreenMother, Dem Beans

          People don't do that unless they have some kind of motive to do it.  Sometimes the motive is innocent, sometimes less so.

          This time it appears to be less so.  

          Get a call from GOP GOTV? Talk their ear off! Keep 'em busy! Plus one long call to a progressive = minus two or three calls to undecideds!

          by G2geek on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 10:48:47 PM PDT

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          •  the name change... (0+ / 0-)

            Akin was arrested multiple times outside abortion clinics
                When Republican Todd Akin was in Kansas City on Sept. 28, he acknowledged he was arrested at an anti-abortion protest about 25 years ago.

                What the candidate for the U.S. Senate did not say was that he was arrested at least three other times in the 1980s, apparently for the same thing.

                The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the three previously undisclosed arrests were all in 1985 and were for criminal trespass and resisting arrest at clinic protests in St. Louis and Illinois. In one of the arrests, the newspaper said, police had to carry Akin to an elevator because he refused to walk.

                The newspaper said it discovered the additional arrests in its own archives, but they were in news reports under the name of William Akin. William is Akin’s first name, but he started using his middle name, Todd, when he entered the Missouri General Assembly in the late 1980s.

            He also went by Todd before the arrests, and apparently started using William to obscure his identity. It worked

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