Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has been struggling to rebound from the outrage sparked by his claim that women can’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” In an apparent effort to win over women voters, Akin’s website features a large picture of the Senate candidate with three women under a banner proclaiming, “I’m A Women [sic] And I Support Todd.”
But the spelling isn’t the only mistake on the page. One of the women ostensibly supporting Akin in the picture is actually a Democratic operative:
The site displayed a large photo showing Akin standing with his wife and two other women. The headline over it read: “I’m a women[SIC], and I support Todd.”
The problem is, one of the women in the photo doesn’t—and his campaign apparently knew it.
Corinne Matti, who is pictured on Akin’s site standing to Akin’s left, is a “tracker” for the Missouri Democratic Party. Her job, which she does openly, is to attend Akin’s public events and report back to the Democrats. She has been doing it for more than a year.
“I suspect they were so desperate to find women that they had to borrow one of ours,” quipped McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki.
The Akin campaign told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the webpage wasn’t meant to go public when it did and the photo could have been a stand-in. Akin has been essentially disowned by the GOP as other Republicans try to distance themselves from the offensive remarks. His opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is overwhelmingly favored by female voters.