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*** UPDATED x1 - LIVE VIDEO *** Kirk taking page from Trump debate playbook

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

*** UPDATE ***  You can watch the press conference by clicking here.

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* Press release…

Senator Mark Kirk To Meet With Whistleblowers Before Debate

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will be meeting with four whistleblowers that accused Rep. Duckworth of ignoring or retaliating against them when they brought forth scandal, abuse and mismanagement at state and federal levels of the VA.

Two of the whistleblowers, Christine Butler and Denise Goins, said that Rep. Duckworth violated ethics laws for punishing them when they spoke out about mismanagement and veteran abuse occurring at the Anna Veterans’ Home under Rep. Duckworth’s leadership.

The other two whistleblowers, Germaine Clarno and Dr. Lisa Nee, said that Tammy Duckworth ignored and dismissed evidence of mistreatment and corruption at the Hines VA, telling them “it’s just the way it is” at the VA.

All four whistleblowers will accompany Senator Kirk as his guests to the U.S. Senate debate in Springfield on Thursday evening.

Location:
Hilton Garden Inn
3100 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, Illinois 62703

Time:
2:15pm

​Date:
October 27, 2016​

​MEDIA RSVP:
Media must RSVP to [redacted] to confirm attendance.

I wonder if he’ll bring Duckworth’s long lost Nigerian brother to the next debate. /snark

* Related…

* Kirk, Duckworth in second debate tonight: The 7 p.m. forum is the lone Downstate matchup between the two candidates. It will be held at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium and is sponsored by the State Journal-Register, WMAY 970-AM and WICS-TV Ch. 20. The event will be live streamed at SJ-R.com.

* Kirk, Duckworth debate in Springfield tonight

* Live at 7 p.m.: U.S. Senate debate

- Posted by Rich Miller        

24 Comments
  1. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:40 am:

    Kirk may lose the election, b̶u̶t̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶l̶e̶a̶s̶t̶ ̶h̶e̶’̶l̶l̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶k̶e̶p̶t̶ ̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶d̶i̶g̶n̶i̶t̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶r̶e̶p̶u̶t̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶.

    – MrJM


  2. - Archiesmom - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:42 am:

    Tacky. And if he’s trying to distance himself from Trump, this is no way to do it.


  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:44 am:

    He’ll do anything to win.


  4. - wordslinger - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:48 am:

    The Kirk campaign certainly has been focused on this line of attack, to the exclusion of virtually everything else.

    It’s difficult to see how that builds a winning combination of voters, particularly given Duckworth’s unique background and ability to counter with veteran supporters.


  5. - New Slang - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:49 am:

    Game. Set. Match. Can’t wait till this nonsense is over.


  6. - PublicServant - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:52 am:

    Kirk and Trump like two peas in a pod.


  7. - Zzzzzzzzzzz - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:53 am:

    Is it really going to be much of a debate if only the campaign staffers and journalists will be following the event?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:54 am:

    The Kirk Krew isn’t about winning now.

    The Kirk Krew is about “Bittering” now.

    How sad.


  9. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 9:56 am:

    Because the strategy paid off so well for Trump.


  10. - Northsider - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:02 am:

    This is not what a serious candidate or campaign does.


  11. - Zzzzzzzzzzz - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:03 am:

    Let’s borrow a line from the classic film “Slapshot” to describe the auditorum which will host this epic event:

    “Good seats are still available.”


  12. - Michael Westen - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:07 am:

    Maybe Duckworth should bring Kirk’s stepsister to the debate. She had a lot to say about Kirk during his first campaign in 2000.


  13. - illini97 - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:11 am:

    Good grief. Is it November 9 yet?


  14. - Truthteller - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:12 am:

    Another reminder that Gidwitz was right about dumping Kirk, but the baron was overruled by King Rauner.
    Perhaps This will give pause to other Republicans who have been content to let Raunerites call the shots.


  15. - HangingOn - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:27 am:

    ==Is it November 9 yet?==

    I feel for you. On the 8th I’m going to vote, then get 5 teeth pulled. I’m trying to decide which is going to be more painful…


  16. - Delimma - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 10:42 am:

    Ok, so this seat was held by President Obama, Senator Moseley Braun, and Senator Paul Simon (I think it’s the same seat)…

    The level of discourse in this state has changed.


  17. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 11:25 am:

    ===I think it’s the same seat===

    Nope. This is the Alan Dixon seat. Moseley Braun beat, then Peter Fitzgerald defeated her, BHO elected when Fitz retired, then Kirk when Obama was elected preznit.


  18. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 11:25 am:

    Oh, yeah. And Roland Burris.


  19. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 11:26 am:

    ===Ok, so this seat was held by President Obama, Senator Moseley Braun, and Senator Paul Simon (I think it’s the same seat)…===

    And by the accomplished Senator Roland Burris.


  20. - Keyser Soze - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 12:06 pm:

    Jeeze, it’s hard to warm up to either one. This debate will be a face off between two empty suits. I may take a nap.


  21. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:23 pm:

    Stay klassy, soon to be former Senator Kirk.

    Signed,

    A Hoe


  22. - Peets - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 3:37 pm:

    uh sure. let’s compare women who are trying to protect VETS to the trump mess. that seems pretty fair.


  23. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 5:31 pm:

    Let’s call it the “Roland Burris” seat since it sounds more monumental and regal. I am sure that it will be so remembered somewhere, possibly in a cemetery.


  24. - Tom - Friday, Oct 28, 16 @ 11:21 am:

    Kirk was finished long ago, everyone knew that except him who in typical Republican fashion refused to give up what he thinks oif as “his” seat. So long as the GOP refuses to make room for others this will continue to happen.

    As long as the GOP allows bullies like Rauner, Trunmp and others or circus clowns like Joe Walsh to trumpet their rallying calls the GOP will continue to sink lower, although there is not much lower left


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