Congressman Mark Kirk, one of the Republican candidates for Senate to fill Barack Obama’s seat, has been “outed” by one of his primary opponents. Chicago newspapers are rushing to condemn the accuser/candidate. So are Republican leaders in the state. They are appalled by the accusation and Congressman Kirk’s campaign is declaring it “demeaning to the political process.”
I don’t remember any such outrage at the accusation of Governor Mark Sanford for alleged adultery. I seem to remember newsmen and cameras running to South America simply to confirm or deny. I don’t remember outrage over Senator Larry Craig and his “outing” for bathroom flirtation, just more “investigating” to find the truth. The candidate who “outed” Kirk is the least credible of those in the primary. His record of outrageous claims makes it impossible to take him seriously much less believe what he says. But in this case, press and Republicans alike are rushing to pooh-pooh what, in spite of the weakness of the messenger, has been the topic of discussion in Washington and elsewhere for quite some time. So, where is the reporting? Where are the cameras? The gleaning of records? The follow up on accusations?
Republicans did the same thing in the Mark Foley/Congressional page scandal. Republican leaders knew about Foley but for some inexplicable reason, covered for him. Do they want to repeat the same here? Surely, if Kirk is the candidate in the general election, the Democrats will not be so benevolent. It was reported in the press that Kirk had a lengthy meeting with Nancy Pelosi before voting for Cap and Trade. His subsequent excuses for voting for this economically disastrous measure were vague and contradictory. Was he blackmailed into support? And if he was, then how could we be sure he wouldn’t be in the future?
There are rumors of threats from Rahm Emmanuel of “outing” Kirk. It has been reported that a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against Kirk by another male staffer when he worked for Congressman John Porter. Is this true? And if so, could this be used against him to garner another bad vote? It is reported that Kirk has been living with another Congressman, also strongly rumored to be gay. Is that true? Is anyone investigating this? Are we just waiting for the Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias to pull out the long knives and rush to victory in November … or for Mark Kirk to take the seat and vote like any other Leftist in the chamber?
American voters have a right to know if candidates are gay. Why?