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posted: 3/31/2014 5:01 AM

Kirk's strange pledge for Durbin

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The Daily Herald reported recently that Republican Mark Kirk, the current U.S. senator from Illinois, will not campaign for fellow Republican Jim Oberweis, who seeks to unseat the current Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. He wants to preserve his relationship with Durbin, Kirk said.

I do not see why campaigning for Oberweis should affect a friendship with Durbin. That's just politics. It's not personal. Perhaps, Kirk's comments mean that it really is personal.

Does Kirk feel offended when Durbin stumps for Democrats? Kirk claimed he does not want to be involved in a "partisan jihad" against Durbin. Is this a matter of principle -- that partisan jihads have no place in politics? But, Democrats wage jihad against Republicans everyday. Is Kirk simply confused? Durbin wrote a letter to the IRS asking it examine (harass) conservative organizations. Didn't that offend Kirk and have an effect on his relationship with Durbin? I guess not.

Kirk needs to understand that the future of Dick Durbin and others like him in politics is dim. It is no coincidence that the very same Democratic Party organization in Illinois which put Obama into office, put 93 million able-bodied Americans out of work, created a socialized health care scheme which most persons hate, and which made U.S. foreign policy an international laughing stock, also gave Illinois one of the worst economies in the nation.

Kirk should be concerned with his relationship with Jim Oberweis.

George Kocan


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