Does Sen. Mark Kirk have no filter?
The Illinois Republican gave a giant in-kind donation Thursday to his major 2016 Democratic rivals, an-all female line-up eager to take his seat. Kirk is one of the very top Democratic 2016 targets.
Sitting in front of an open microphone during a public Senate Appropriations Committee meeting, Kirk said this about Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the only bachelor in the 2016 presidential pack.
“I’ve been joking with Lindsey,” Kirk said. “Did you see that? He’s going to have a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.”
Kirk added, “That is what we’d say on the South Side,” a reference to a part of Chicago with a big African-American population.
Kirk was speaking during a committee roll call — when the microphones were on.
So there were no tricks here, no trackers, no secret recordings. Just a lot of Democrats, who have ears, in the committee room.
Ho, in case you are not familiar with the slang, is a diminutive reference to a prostitute.Both Kirk, who is divorced, and the single Graham have been the subject of persistent rumors about their sexual orientation. Sweet notes that Kirk came under fire last February when he suggested Republicans should "build a number of coffins outside each Democratic office" in the event of a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. In April, he told a reporter "we driver faster" through a black community. Apparently Sen. Kirk suffered hasn't fully recovered from the stroke that nearly claimed his life a few years ago.
UPDATE: Wow. The Chicago Tribune's John Kass, for whom I have great admiration, thinks Kirk should step down from his Senate seat; otherwise, he'll be a drag on the entire GOP ticket in Illinois in 2016.