Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., became the second GOP senator to call on Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin to resign the nomination Monday in light of his provocative comments on rape.
"Todd Akin's statements are reprehensible and inexcusable," said Johnson in a tweet. "He should step aside today for the good of the nation."
Johnson's comments are particularly notable given his support during the Missouri primary for Akin's opponent John Brunner. Brunner, a businessman who self-funded his primary bid, is making exploratory calls in preparation for Akin's possible resignation.
Johnson is also a senator who has credibility with tea partiers. Johnson joins the more moderate Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., (who faces a tight reelection race this year) in calling for Akin to step aside.