Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin drew fire from fellow Republicans in the ’90s for praising a private militia group associated with extreme anti-abortion actions, according to a 2000 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.
According to the article, Akin wrote a letter of praise to the 1st Missouri Volunteers in 1995, which was read aloud at one of their rallies. The Volunteers were connected to the militant anti-abortion movement through Tim Dreste, who was for a time their captain according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and who was connected to invasions of abortion clinics in New York and Atlanta with the American Coalition of Life Activists.
In the letter, Akin reportedly wrote “The local militia can bring a positive influence to our community. Your patriotism and concern for our state and nation is to be commended.”