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Chris Smith Supporter Endorses 'Aspirin Between Your Knees' After Reproductive Rights Query

Congressman's spokesman denounces comment, shown in video being distributed on the Web

A supporter of U.S. Rep. Christopher H. Smith staffing a Republican political table at a public festival told a woman asking about the 16-term congressman’s stance on reproductive rights to keep "an aspirin between your knees,’’ according to a video taken at the event.    

The incident happened in Hamilton on Sept. 9. during the town’s SeptemberFest celebration, according to activist and Rutgers student Eva Grote.

Grote, 20, is seen in the video approaching a table that has a Chris Smith, R-NJ, re-election sign and a GOP elephant icon, where she has a brief interaction with at least two men who are unidentified.

Grote, who is distributing the video on YouTube and other online venues, in the video asks when Smith was to appear at the event because she wanted to ask the congressman about his stance on reproductive rights.

“Have you ever heard about keeping an aspirin between your knees?’’ one of the men says. “Works every time it's tried.’’

Grote said she was stunned.

“I couldn’t believe it,’’ she said. “I was thinking ‘doesn’t this guy know we’re filming this?' "

Grote said she approached the table believing it was Smith’s campaign base at the festival. She said she and about five members of her improvisational pro-woman group, FlashFem, waited for more than two hours for the congressman to arrive.

Jeff Sagnip, spokesman for Smith, said the men in the video were not involved with the congressman nor his re-election campaign, and he vehemently denounced the comment.

“Whoever it is was not and is not authorized to speak on behalf of Chris Smith,” Sagnip said. “The comments referencing aspirin are absolutely absurd.”

Grote said she did not hold Smith personally responsible for the comments of every one of his supporters.

"I think the legislation that Chris Smith supports helps legitimize the sentiments of that guy behind the table,'' Grote said. "I don't think Chris Smith goes around telling women to keep an aspirin between their legs, but the legislation he supports lends legitimacy for those kinds of statements.''

Grote cited Smith’s support of H.R.3, a House of Representatives bill that sought to prohibit federal funding for abortions except in the case of  "forcible rape,’’ or incest.

Smith sponsored the bill.

Critics have said the bill, which passed the House but never came up for a vote in the Senate, was a deliberate attempt to change the definition of rape by adding the qualifier "forcible.”

That phrase was ultimately stricken from the final version of the bill.

Smith represents New Jersey's 4th Congressional district, which includes Wall as well as numerous other Monmouth County towns, portions of Ocean, Mercer and Burlington counties. He is opposed in the upcoming election by Democrat Brian Froelich.

Stop the Liberal media bias! September 27, 2012 at 04:45 AM
so much to say, thanks for showing us what liberal lunacy looks like!!! You were led to the very nonsense you are spouting by a lefty so called "journalist"!! Useful idiot, if you read the article Chris Smith said this person was not authorized to speak for him!!! But you were so easily inflamed and brainwashed by the lefty journalist to make stupid comments attacking Smith for something someone else said!!! Enough is enough with you crazy people!! TELL THE TRUTH!!!
Stop the Liberal media bias! September 27, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Make sure you monitors suppress the opposition!!! That is the job you were given by the corrupt Obama administration in their quest to socialize America!!
Joe R September 27, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Geezus, take a chill pill, relax, breathe and loosen the straps on your tin foil hat.
BettyAnn September 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
You should tell Mr. Brown who it is!
BettyAnn September 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Brian Froelich is by far not a socialist. He is more financially savvy than majority of congress. He is the 1%, but is not a Tea Partier. He understands how to create jobs and successful businesses. He by far is not an Obama crony and is fiscally conservative. Chris Smith has only voted on reproduction rights and has only focused on things overseas. He is out of touch. Plus, he does not even live here. He lives in Herndon, Virginia. We are a bunch of fools voting this guy in. He is using our money to live in Virginia and send his kids to college there with in-state tuition. Try sending your kids, niece or nephew to school in Virginia out-of-state. He is mooching off the government. We need new leadership, not corrupt career politicians.

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