After Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin got a much-deserved national foot up his *ss for his moronic musings on rape, it's worth remembering another Congressional candidate's own thoughtless thoughts on the subject right here in Colorado.
Earlier this year, Senate President and 4th Congressional District candidate Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) compared his political plight to a victim of rape or sexual assault.
From a Sunday Denver Post editorial by Curtis Hubbard on January 8, 2012:
So Wednesday I asked him what he thought about our editorial that blamed the GOP for their obstruction on the issue but also questioned the wisdom of Democrats having their top two leaders in the statehouse running for Congress. (Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, is challenging Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, in the 3rd CD. Pace has since stepped down as House minority leader.)
"What I thought when I read your piece — it's a little bit like blaming the woman or saying to a woman she deserved it," he said, apparently referencing victims of rape or sexual harassment. [Peak emphasis]
Yes, Shaffer actually had the ego-maniacal mindset to say that blaming him for inviting partisan opposition by running for Congress from a legislative leadership position is akin to blaming a woman for being raped.
No wonder Democrats decided he was the weakest link in redistricting and cut him loose.
It doesn't appear that Shaffer has made any statement about the Akin controversy, despite other Democrats trying to jump on the story of the day. That's probably best. Wouldn't want people remembering what he said seven months ago.