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Letter: Rep. Akin’s beliefs inspired some to do just the opposite

Letter: Rep. Akin’s beliefs inspired some to do just the opposite

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Akin election party

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (right) and his wife Lulli arrive to give his concession speech after losing to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill at his election party at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chesterfield on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Regarding “Ex-US Rep. Todd Akin, sunk by ‘legitimate rape’ remark, dies” (Oct. 4): It’s a pity that Todd Akin, who died Oct. 3, is remembered mostly, if at all, for his “legitimate rape” comment that crashed his U.S. Senate candidacy in 2012.

I got to know him in the 1990s, when he was a state representative and I was working for Gov. Mel Carnahan. When checking in with legislators, I did not mind spending (wasting?) a little time talking to Akin because I was interested in what was going on in his 14th-century mind. Though he would never consider voting for what we were advocating, he was never disagreeable, and he obviously had spent a great deal of time thinking about his unusual beliefs. I appreciated that — some of his firmly held beliefs reminded me of why I was doing what I was doing.

Michael Wolff • Clayton

Former chief of the Missouri Supreme Court

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