This letter is in response to the slightly incoherent letter from Richard C. Coffman in the Sept 1 edition of this paper. Mr. Coffman asks in high dudgeon, "what person or persons, all of whom I am sure are destined for supervisory positions in Hades, suggested that Congressman Todd Akin was fit to be a U.S. Senator?
The obvious answer is, a plurality of Missouri voters who chose the Republican ballot in the primary.
A question that comes to mind after reading his letter is, what qualifies Mr. Coffman to question the wisdom of that plurality of Missouri voters and on what flimsy grounds? I believe voters cast their ballot for Congressman Akin because he stood for good conservative Missouri values, such as marriage between one man and one woman, a strong national defense, a limited government that stays within the bounds of the Constitution, the rights of the unborn and a government that does not spend more than it receives in tax revenue, to name a few.
Congressman Akin has consistently stood for those principles during his four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and for those voters who agree with his stance on those issues, his position is the same now as it was when the voters of Missouri selected him as their nominee for the Senate.
It is a sad commentary on the political climate that we live in, that a poorly chosen comment by a candidate can be used to try to invalidate a candidacy of someone who truly represents what I believe are the values of a majority of Missouri voters.
I hope the voters of Missouri will ignore the emotionalism that is being used to denigrate this candidate who has a long record of being right on the issues and continue to support Todd Akin in the general election in November.
A Constitutional conservative,