Akin Campaign Doubles Down On Comments Comparing McCaskill To A Dog

Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) isn’t backing away from his unflattering comparison of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to a dog. On Monday, Akin campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler tweeted that “If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she’d be a ‘Bullshitsu’”:

Tyler tried to explain away Akin’s comments in Monday’s New York Times, telling the paper that McCaskill’s objection to the comparison is an effort to “distract from the important issues. “ Akin “made an analogy — probably could have made a better one. Everybody’s going to find a reason to get their feelings hurt and get bent out of shape,” he added.

During a fundraiser over the weekend, Akin said, “[McCaskill] goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, you know ‘fetch.’ She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.”