Incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has never been one to eschew his own party’s leadership, bucking Republican standards to score political points. But therein lies the problem: Kirk does this because he’s a Republican in a Democratic state, not out of principle.
Setting aside his wavering ideals, Kirk’s health and fitness to serves remains a question after suffering a stroke in January 2012. The man who replaced our current president in the Senate has since moved from one embarrassing gaffe to the next. At times, it seems he only opens his mouth to put the other foot in, as with his, “I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington,” comment to Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth at last week’s debate.
Kirk is no longer fit to serve as one of Illinois’ two Senators. Duckworth, for all baying to the contrary from the GOP, will act much the same in the legislature: pragmatic, middle of the road, pro-veteran. Vote Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate.