By CHARLES MAHTESIAN | Politico.com
Embattled Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin took aim at Haley Barbour Friday, accusing the former Mississippi Republican governor of â€œtrying to advance his own personal brandâ€ at Akinâ€™s expense.
In a fundraising email, the Missouri congressman referred to Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, as â€œthe Godfather of DC Party Bossesâ€ and a â€œmega-lobbyist for the special interestsâ€ 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 Akinâ€™s two-front Senate campaign, one against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, and another against the â€œparty bossesâ€ 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, â€œTell DC Party bosses to stop treating Missourians like pawns in their game.â€
Akinâ€™s addition of Barbour, one of the GOPâ€™s most popular figures (and an American Crossroads fundraiser), to his gallery of party bosses, shows the degree of the Missouri congressmanâ€™s estrangement from the establishment.
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