Akin Campaign Working To Repair Image

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)--Congressman Todd Akin’s statement about abortion continues to be a public relations nightmare for the campaign.  One man who works in public relations gives the campaign a grade of “D” for the way officials have handled the crisis.  Jon Sloane works in public relations for the Twist Agency, “It’s not going to go away.”

Congressman Todd Akin avoided answering questions from FOX 2 This Morning and the whole thing was caught on tape.  Sloane said it’s the kind of video that can turn off voters, “It implies that he’s done something guilty there was nothing new but people have a perception. Why is he running away from the camera and that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

Sloane said it was a good idea for Akin to appear on national news shows because they appeal to women, “He was at least reaching out to the people he most needed to reach.”

If he were to give advice Sloane would tell Akin to seek out, in a sincere and honest way, rape crisis centers and tell them he wants to learn more about the issue.  Sloane said, “Be seen reaching out to the constituency most offended, not only is he saying I had bad information I misspoke I was wrong, I’m really finding out about it now I’m making an effort to learn something I believe this dramatic gesture would do no end of good with a lot of women voters he may be pushing away.”

But some voters, like Tricia Whelan, think it may be too late to salvage the campaign.  Whelan said, “Tricia Whelan/Voter says: At this point it’s too far gone, everyone’s telling him to leave he needs to do what the party wants to move us forward.”