U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has, for the second time in a week, taken to the campaign trail via video to help support a vulnerable colleague.
The state's top ranking Republican, speaking from home in Highland Park where he continues to recover from an ischemic stroke, described Congresswoman Judy Biggert as an "ultimate suburban mom who should be representing Illinois in Congress next year."
In his 2009 announcement for Senate outside of his childhood home in Kenilworth, Kirk described Biggert, a 7-term House member, as one of his biggest supporters.
"Judy listens to us and she fights for our veterans and she's delivered for us," Kirk said of Biggert, noting she would "represent us well in Washington, and vote to spend less, borrow less and tax less."
Biggert of Hinsdale is locked in a tight race against Naperville Democrat Bill Foster, in a newly drawn district that includes large portions of Aurora, Naperville and Joliet.
The video came three days after Republican Rep. Bob Dold, Kirk's successor in the 10th Congressional District, released a video showing him talking and laughing next to his campaign bus.
While Dold's video was put to music, making the conversation between the two indecipherable, the 30-second Biggert spot displayed an improvement in the senator's speech, which has become clearer and less halting with each video.
The Biggert and Dold videos are Kirk's first public foray back into the political world, though he has been engaged behind the scenes for months, meeting and speaking with party members throughout the cycle, including the state's second highest ranking GOP officeholder, Wheaton Rep. Peter Roskam, with whom he has regular visits.
Kirk's office has given no indication of whether he plans to release a video supporting another Republican in a tough race -- U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh's re-election bid in the 8th Congressional District against Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates.