CHICAGO - Counter to the Republican National leadership, Chicago-based national pro-life leader Jill Stanek continues to support Missouri's embattled U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin. But she's not new at standing by those the GOP abandons.
In a piece on her internationally-followed prolife blog, she writes:
It is truly unfortunate that Akin showed such political naiveté, but who among us hasn’t had a macaca moment? It’s ridiculously over-reactive to tell Akin to give up his hard-earned senate endeavor for this unfortunate comment, particularly since pro-life Americans own the majority. It’s as if no one knows it.
Furthermore, pro-life issues of the day – fetal pain and sex selection abortions – enjoy 70-80% support!
I internally scream at the unfairness of Akin’s situation. Democrats don’t abandon gaffers; Republicans do. Democrats unite on the abortion issue; Republicans don’t. MSM ignores Democrat mistakes but magnifies those made by Republicans. MSM ignores Democrat extremist views while calling Republican mainstream views extremist. Liberal feminist crazy talk is considered the voice of reason and vice versa.
And yes, Jill is not just writing. She's taken a lead like this before. Jill stood as a lone woman next to Jack Ryan at a 2004 Chicago press conference, supporting the GOP leadership-abandoned U.S. candidate, encouraging him to stay in the race. The Chicago Tribune won in California courts access to Ryan's child custody court records, which revealed embarrassing, semi-racy accusations made by his ex-wife, actress Jeri Ryan.
Republican leadership turned on Ryan as they are now on Akin. Ryan later succumbed to the IL GOP's political pressure and unlike Akin, he dropped out. As a result, that 2004 U.S. Senate race went handily to Barack Obama, rocketing him to begin a bid for the presidency in 2008.