Akin targets Haley Barbour

September 15, 2012


Embattled Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin took aim at Haley Barbour Friday, accusing the former Mississippi Republican governor of “trying to advance his own personal brand” at Akin’s expense.

In a fundraising email, the Missouri congressman referred to Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, as “the Godfather of DC Party Bosses” and a “mega-lobbyist for the special interests” after Barbour criticized Akin and called on him to drop out of the race earlier this week in a web video.

The sharp pushback against Barbour is part of Akin’s two-front Senate campaign, one against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, and another against the “party bosses” he says are trying to keep him down.

Akin has also gone after Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, and RNC chair Reince Priebus, in an online fundraising pitch that features their photos and reads, “Tell DC Party bosses to stop treating Missourians like pawns in their game.”

Akin’s addition of Barbour, one of the GOP’s most popular figures (and an American Crossroads fundraiser), to his gallery of party bosses, shows the degree of the Missouri congressman’s estrangement from the establishment.

To read more, visit:  http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/09/akin-targets-haley-barbour-135620.html?hp=l7

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