Sen. Mark Kirk's reference Thursday to an unmarried Senate colleague and presidential candidate as a "bro with no ho" is the latest in a string of controversial remarks that figure to make an already challenging 2016 re-election bid even more difficult.
While most of Kirk's verbal gaffes have been made in speeches or interviews, his remark Thursday about South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham was off-the-cuff and presumably meant to be private. Kirk was chatting during a Senate committee vote when his words were picked up by a live microphone.
"He's a bro with no ho," Kirk said, apparently talking to a colleague. "That's what we'd say on the South Side."
Categories: State Issues, National Issues
Tags: US Senate, Mark Kirk, 2016 Elections
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte stuck her neck out over the weekend, declaring her support for the immigration reform bill that will hit the floor this week. That makes her the first Republican, outside of the bipartisan Gang of Eight that drafted the bill, to endorse the measure.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, where are you?
Kirk's name invariably appears on the short list of moderate Republican senators who could help provide the handful of votes necessary to defeat a filibuster. But he's still uncommitted.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: Mark Kirk, Immigration