In recent months, Todd Akin has endured much. He made an inelegant statement, rooted in outdated science, which the left has gleefully taken out of context and cynically used to paint him as both anti-woman and insensitive to the unimaginable plight of rape victims.

This characterization of Todd Akin the man – as anyone who has known him will attest – could not be further from the truth.

, member of the United States House of Represe...

Todd Akin, member of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Todd Akin is running for Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s seat, and had to make a decision: stay in the race, or bow out. McCaskill sports a dismal Freedom Index rating of just 27 percent – i.e., she supports the Constitution just 27 percent of the time. Or, just whenever it suits her.

But Matt Barber, the author of this article, knows something about Todd Akin that few people know, and he tells the story:

There was some poor sap who worked for a major company in the Midwest. On his own time, on his home computer, he wrote an article for a website that defended the sanctity of natural marriage.

When the company got wind of the article, it fired him.

Somehow, word of the incident made its way to Washington, D.C., through the halls of Congress and into the offices of one U.S. congressman from Missouri. Todd Akin, with no apparent prompting, then wrote a letter to the CEO of that company defending the fired employee’s free-speech rights. The letter was signed by a total of eight U.S. representatives and mailed.

Ultimately, the company ended up settling out of court with the former employee. There can be little doubt that Todd Akin’s unsolicited intervention led to that settlement.

This is one of the primary reasons I have such high regard for Todd Akin. You see, in case you’ve yet to figure it out, I’m the aforementioned “poor sap.”

Barber nails it: “Isn’t it time we begin placing people of character, true leaders and true statesmen in a U.S. Congress full of politicians?”

We need more Todd Akins.

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