Akin camp angered by Rove's reported murder quip

August 31, 2012
Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., campaigns his wife Lulli, right, during the Northwest Missouri State Fair in Bethany, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. It was Akin's first public interaction with voters since his Aug. 19 comment in a TV interview that women's bodies have ways of averting pregnancy from what he called "legitimate rape." The comment prompted widespread backlash, with some Republicans urging him to quit the race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The campaign of Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is reacting angrily to a quote attributed to GOP activist Karl Rove that joked about the idea of Akin being murdered.

Bloomberg Businessweek's website reported Friday that Rove's comment came as he spoke to a GOP donors' breakfast at the Tampa Club in Florida. The site says Rove quipped to the audience: "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"

A Rove spokesman didn't immediately return a call and email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Akin's campaign issued a statement calling the quote deeply disturbing, given that the FBI has been investigating threats against Akin after his comments that women's bodies can shut down pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."