Then, he couldn't shut his mouth.
First, we learned that he completely embellished his military record on his campaign website. Embellishments- not mere mistakes. He knew he did not receive the Military Officer of the Year Award as claimed, but rather that his entire division won the award. When I heard that one, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I allowed him that one embellishment.
Then I learned his statement that "the last time I was in Iraq, I was in uniform flying at 20,000 feet and the Iraqi Air Defense Network was shooting at us" was "misremembered."
Misremembered? Misremember something with the IRS and let me know how that works out.
Then the true story about Mark Kirk's conversion to public life at 13 years old came out. Remember the story Kirk told: that at 13 years old, he was on Lake Michigan a mile or two from shore when his boat capsized. He was forced to attempt to swim back to shore- but in the eight hours he was in the water, he was never able to make it to shore. He was about to give up as the sun set west of the frigid lake waters when the Coast Guard miraculously plucked young Mark Kirk from the water, saving his life. According to Kirk, the doctors had a difficult time warming his 82 degree body temperature back to normal. This near death experience is what made Mark Kirk want to devote his life to public service.
Then the Coast Guard and eyewitnesses let us know Kirk was in the water for maybe 15 minutes. And it was the middle of the day when he was rescued. Doctors told the media that a human would lose consciousness when the blood temperature goes below 90 degrees. Far warmer than what Kirk claimed doctors stated his temperature was when rescued.
The last three months has been a string of falsehoods coming out of Mark Kirk's mouth almost faster than Geraldo Rivera can keep up. Even Rod Blagojevich is watching the news shaking his head thinking he's a big fat liar.
Remember that Saturday Night Live skit with Jon Lovitz played Tommy Flanagan, the pathological liar: "Yeah, that's the ticket" was his tag line? That's Mark Kirk!
Most recently, on Monday August 9th, Mark Kirk announced that he would vote for a $26 billion jobs bill that will reportedly prevent 161,000 teachers and 158,000 public works employees from being laid off. On August 9th, Mark Kirk told the Chicago Sun-Times he was going to vote for the bill. Kirk stated that "as a Republican moderate, my view is we should not add to the deficit. This legislation does make a number of cuts... that make it deficit neutral. And it would keep teachers in the classroom."
On August 10th Kirk vote no on the legislation.
After the vote, Alexi Giannoulias campaign hit fast, stating:
After today's vote it is clear that Congressman Kirk didn't just lie about being a teacher, he lied about supporting them. I am stunned that he would vote against an emergency bill to keep teachers in the classroom - a bill that is completely paid for and will save at least 5,700 teaching jobs right here in Illinois. Congressman Kirk's vote today proves he is a typical Washington politician who will always side with the corporate special interests and against Illinois families and Illinois teachers.
And now the guy who has little, if any, qualifications for the office of U.S. Senator other than being friends with our President is looking like a better candidate than Mark Kirk. Sure, the only professional experience Mr. Giannoulias has is helping run the family bank- the same bank that failed miserably after the family took $70 million in dividends. And his major effort in the office of Illinois treasurer, Bright Start, only lost Illinois families that participated over $85 million from high risk investments.
Now THAT guy is looking like a better risk than Mark Kirk. At least Alexi Giannoulias is not lying to me.
So now, my Mark Kirk bumper sticker is off. The yard sign is down. I'm not doing my Mark Kirk elevator speech anymore. And now Illinoisans are forced with the tough decision between candidate A, who says a whole lot and NOTHING turns out true, or candidate B, who has no resume other than playing basketball with President Obama.
Only in Illinois can Roland Burris look like a good senator.