At a 2000 conference of the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), McCloskey was quoted in a transcript of his speech to the group as referring to "the so-called Holocaust." Mark Weber, the Institute's director, told this column that McCloskey was granted a request to remove from the IHR's website an expression of "esteem" for the organization's "mission." The website offers for sale books questioning the Holocaust, and the IHR has hosted Holocaust deniers as speakers.
McCloskey ran against President Richard M. Nixon's renomination in 1972 as an anti-Vietnam candidate. McCloskey this year is challenging conservative Rep. Richard Pombo.
Tammy Duckworth, the legless Iraq war veteran slated by Democratic leaders to replace retiring Republican Rep. Henry Hyde in his suburban Chicago district, at this writing has not been endorsed by her Democratic primary foe.
In her March 22 concession speech after losing to Duckworth by less than 1,000 votes, Christine Cegelis said: "I spoke with Tammy this morning and wished her luck. She's going to need it." Cegelis, who came within 9 percentage points of Hyde in 2003, complained about the party's support for Duckworth. The Hill newspaper has reported that Cegelis did not attend the Democratic unity dinner intended to support Duckworth.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, assured this column that after the primary, Cegelis would endorse Duckworth. "It doesn't always happen right away," said Emanuel aide Bill Burton. Duckworth was supported in the primary by Emanuel, Illinois' two U.S. senators (Dick Durbin and Barack Obama) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.