Skip to comments.Kirk Gets Mixed Support from Base
Posted on 10/30/2010 9:11:01 PM PDT by Maelstorm
CHICAGO Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk is just one of several Republicans running in down-to-the-wire races, but unlike his compatriots is enjoying mixed support from his party's fundraising arms.
The North Shore congressman has pulled into a narrow lead over Democratic Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in the campaign's final week, according to the latest poll from the Chicago Tribune. But Kirk's three point lead falls within the poll's margin of error.
Kirk has been left out in many fundraising conservative circles.
The Senate Conservatives Fund has raised more than $5.4 million for candidates in the nation's most competitive senate races, with the exception of Illinois.
Matt Hoskins, a spokesman for the fund, would not comment on the matter. But the organization's website lists requirements of candidates, some of which the pro-choice, pro-gun control Kirk does not meet.
(Excerpt) Read more at illinois.statehousenewsonline.com ...
A rising tide for the GOP is inevitably going to carry some junk with it. Some of that’s going to get washed back out to sea two years from now.
“A rising tide for the GOP is inevitably going to carry some junk with it. Some of thats going to get washed back out to sea two years from now.”
Unless, of course, people justify re-voting in some of the flotsam and jetsam of the 2010 election. In which case, the flotsam and jetsam stay in office.
“We’ve got “pro-life” friends who are strong Christians and they’ve got two or three Kirk signs in their yard. We just don’t get it.”
Send them the link to the On the Issues page for Mark Kirk, or mention his pro-choice stance to them casually in conversation; if they have not yet voted, they may cast their vote for Mike Labno (hopefully not for Giannoulias or Jones!)
Good to see the Shumer For Senate Majority Leader folks chiming in.
Senators are elected for six year terms. Kirk will be able to screw over conservatives for many years, perhaps even after Obama's presidency is a distant memory.
Good to see the Bring Back Jim Jeffords Republicans chime in.
I don’t like it either, but look - Kirk is pretty decent on fiscal issues and for me at least, that trumps this other stuff. Would I prefer an actual Conservative? You bet. But I’ll take Kirk over Alexi anyday, because Alexi would not even blink before voting for every bit of the crap that Reid has put forward. Besides, while he seems to have trouble sticking with the truth about it, I respect Kirks military service a lot more than Alexi’s cushy career at the family candy-store aka Broadway Bank.
C’mon, it’s a no-brainer. And if Kirk tries more crap like he did on cap-and-trade, he’s damn sure going to have opposition next time. A Republican in an Illinois Senate seat is a far cry from a job for life.
Do you happen to know of an address where I could get a Labno sign for our yard? We have literally thousands of people go by our house every day as we are on a major 4-lane highway.
But you’ve already established that Kirk WILL get away with the unconstitutional nonsense that he’s done in his past term. You’re rewarding him with your vote.
Case in point:
“And if Kirk tries more crap like he did on cap-and-trade, hes damn sure going to have opposition next time.”
Of course he’s going to continue his past efforts, he will be rewarded for it, after all. How many more monstrosities like cap and trade must he help to pass before you cry “enough”? Where do you draw the line?
Sooner or later, conservatives must draw the line and tolerate NO CINOs in either the primary or general elections.
We are already far too close to the edge of the precipice to justify knowingly putting someone in the driver’s seat who is inclined to hit the gas pedal and not the brakes.
Like I said, you all can sit around and congratulate yourselves on your ideological purity while Shumer is running the Senate.
Yet Bill Brady is performing better in the race for Governor, he is conservative, and he is being supported by those groups. Who has the baggage?
And no, it isn't a matter of not being conservative enough. He isn't a conservative at all.
Kirk is going to win but I wouldn't shed a tear if he lost while Brady won. It'd be the ultimate indictment of the establishment.
Also true. Keep challenging RINOs in the primaries.
When Kirk provides the key "crossover" GOP support to get the RATs socialist agenda passed, we'll know what "conservatives" to thank.
His support of Cap and Tax negates any claim to this.
BTW, Schumer can’t become “Senate Majority Leader” unless Harry Reid is no longer in the post. Maybe you could go on the Nevada threads and trash all the Sharon Angle voters as “Senator Majority Leader Schumer freepers” because they also refuse to vote for a socialist scumbag.
“Fiscal Conservative” Mark Kirk’s REAL record:
- Kirk voted with Taxpayers for Common Sense 33% of the time
- Kirk voted with The Club for Growth 19% of the time (9 / 48 votes)
- Kirk voted with Citizens for Tax Justice 17% of the time
- Kirk voted NO to H.J. Res. 3-Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act (this act was sponsored by Republicans after the first 300 billion dollars went unaccounted for to block the remaining funds from being released without oversight)
- Kirk voted YES on Cap-n-Trade, the BIGGEST tax increase in U.S. history ( the ONLY Republican member of the Illinois congressional delegation that voted yes!) (HR 2454)
- Kirk voted YES on Democrat Charlie Rangels 90 percent bonus tax (H.R. 1586)
- Kirk voted YES on Overseas Military Facilities Abortion funding (H.R.708)
- Kirk voted YES on H.R.2 - the Democrat’s SCHIP Program-basically an expansion of welfare (includes $1 tax on cigarettes to “fund” the program)
- Kirk voted YES on H.R. 3997-First Economic Bailout Package (this is the one that failed the first time through), then voted YES on HR-1424:Second Economic Bailout Package (this one was bigger than the first!)
- Kirk SUPPORTED HR 2, Nancy Pelosi’s minimum wage hike that exempted businesses in her own district (Kirk excuse is that he didn’t read the bill)
- Mark Kirk voted to approve nearly $200 million for the Air Force to purchase three luxury aircraft for ferrying top government office and Members of Congress.
- Mark Kirk claims that he opposes all congressional earmarks, yet sponsored
$74,766,000 worth of earmarks from 2008-2010, including $4,725,000 worth of SOLE earmarks requests for himself. See all of “fiscal conservative” Mark Kirk’s earmarks here: http://www.legistorm.com/earmarks/details/member/320/Rep_Mark_Kirk/page/1/sort/amount/type/desc.html
- Mark Kirk was ONE of only two Republicans NOT to co-sponsor auditing the Federal Reserve.
- Mark Kirk voted to approve a $140,000 earmark for ACORN’s New York office.
- Mark Kirk OPPOSED Republican Senator Jim Bunning’s (R-KY) stand to use existing Stimlus funds for the extension of unemployment benefits, and supported the Democrat legislation
to pay for it using a new $10 billion expansion to budget deficit.
Gotta love the Kirk cheerleaders still insisting he’s a “fiscal conservative” after all that. Sure, and Hannibal Lecter is a strict vegetarian.
Vote for “fiscal conservative” Mark Kirk, he’ll do for Illinois what “fiscal conservative” Ahnuld Schwarzkennedy did for California.
Because McConnell is a dream come true? I have to tell you these past few years I haven’t sat around dreaming of the good ‘ol days when Frist and Mitch ran the show. The only reason Republicans stand to win is because there is some hope the new people are going to put obstacles in the path of BOTH establishments in D.C.
This is not 2004. Raising the specter of Daschle, or Reid, or Chuck no longer has any effect on conservative voters other then to make them even angrier at the “R” first crowd, put their backs up even more and re-consider if we’re right to be taking a leap in faith that new blood can produce a different result. Just be damn thankful people are voting this year for your precious GOP. The alternative was sit at home in protest or 3rd party..and both options are still on the table if the GOP screws us one last time.
If you’re thinking I’m just blowing hot air about how little your recriminations work these days, take a look at Delaware or the NY congressional race last year. Not a Single. Damn. Regret. that a Democrat was or will preside in the seat instead of the liberal establishment Republican.
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