Kirk apologizes for calling Lindsey Graham 'bro with no ho'

  • U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk referred to fellow Republican Senator and 2016 presidential contender Lindsey Graham as "a bro with no ho," during an appropriations meeting Thursday.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk referred to fellow Republican Senator and 2016 presidential contender Lindsey Graham as "a bro with no ho," during an appropriations meeting Thursday. Associated Press

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, speaks to supporters after being re-elected in 2014.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, speaks to supporters after being re-elected in 2014. Associated Press/November 2014

 
By Kathleen Hunter
Bloomberg
Updated 6/11/2015 5:29 PM

A spokeswoman says Illinois' U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has apologized after being caught on a hot mic using a word considered disparaging to women.

Kirk called Republican senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham a "bro with no ho." The remarks were captured Thursday on a live microphone as a Senate panel conducted a roll call vote. The South Carolina senator is a lifelong bachelor who's joked he could have a "rotating first lady" if elected.

 

Kirk, a suburbanite, added "That's what we'd say on the South Side," apparently referring to a heavily-minority Chicago neighborhoods.

Kirk spokeswoman Danielle Varallo says it was a joke between friends, adding Kirk's apologized to anyone offended.

The campaign for Kirk's potential Democratic 2016 challenger, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, deemed it "as offensive as it is unfunny."

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