Group endorses Wis. lawmaker who made rape comment

Big name Republicans no longer endorsing Rivard

A group that said it promotes family values has endorsed a Wisconsin lawmaker who drew widespread criticism for his comment that “some girls rape easy.”

Republican Representative Roger Rivard of Rice Lake was among 45 candidates endorsed Tuesday by Wisconsin Family Action.

Wisconsin Family Action director Julaine Appling tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel her group endorsed Rivard because of his stance on issues.

Rivard told the Chetek Alert newspaper in December that his father told him “some girls, they rape so easy” as a way to warn him that a woman could agree to sex but then later claim it wasn’t consensual.

The endorsement comes less than a week after GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson dropped their endorsements of Rivard for his comments.