Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) recently voted against the repeal of DADT, so noted outing blogger Mike Rogers has spilled the beans on Kirk, the Illinois Republican currently running for Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. (You may remember that in late December, wingnut GOP Senate candidate Andy Martin also accused Kirk of being gay)
Within hours of the DADT repeal vote I was contacted by two people who knew Kirk from his college days. “In law school in DC everyone knew Mark was gay,” the first source told me. I explained that the information was intriguing, it would not be enough to go on. He continued, “But I had sex with him a number of times.” Well, now we’re onto something I thought. “Could someone verify for me that you knew Kirk and went to school with him?” I asked. “Yes” was the swift reply. “Could you recall personal details about Kirk that others may not know?” “Yes,” he said. And he did. The next source claimed to have gone to undergraduate school with Kirk. I asked for proof that he and Kirk were in school together and once that was shared with me, I met with the source. The source introduced me to a man whom had also been friends with Kirk college. They both shared with me their interactions with Kirk, including one sexual in nature. The source who claimed to have sex with Kirk described personal details about the House, um, er, “member.” The description was the same as the first source.
From Kirk’s campaign website:
Kirk, who holds the rank of Commander, is a Naval Reserve intelligence officer and has served during conflicts with Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia….
So it then it seems fair tehn to call 202-225-4835 and to ask his staffers if Kirk’s gay, if he has served alongside other gay people in the military, if he respects the service of gay people, if he thinks DADT imposes an unfair personal burden on gay people, and why he voted against repeal.
I applaud outing anyone with less than a 100% gay friendly voting record. His voting no on DADT repeal after serving in the military cannot be ignored.