Dick Durbin Endorses Tammy Duckworth for Senate

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has endorsed the candidacy of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for sentate. If she wins the primary, Rep. Duckworth would run against Senator Mark Kirk. Duckworth is a disabled veteran who served in Iraq, where her helicopter was shot down. Kirk served in the Naval Reserve and obtained the rank of Commander. He served in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and later in Iraq.

Several years ago, after having been elected to the senate, Kirk suffered a stroke. Kirk underwent rehabilitation for some months before resuming his duties as a senator. Some Illinoisians have questioned whether his stroke has left him too incapacitated to fully function as a U.S. Senator. Kirk has strongly criticized President Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly when it comes to ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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The Chicago Tribune reported that, in referring to Sen. Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk said, "The bro has no ho." Kirk hadn't realized that a microphone was on when he said it, beliving that he was having a private conversation. The same article also said that previously, Kirk had said that he drives very quickly when in black neighborhoods, in order to get out of there as soon as possible. Kirk managed to insult both women and blacks with his one, terse comment.

Tammy Duckworth faces a lawsuit stemming from several years ago when she was the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. The lawsuit charges her of improper firing of one employee and intimidation of another at a state veterans' home, where two employees had received poor reviews from a supervisor. Duckworth became involved after the situation became problematic and conflicted. Duckworth previously said that such lawsuits are often routine for heads of government agencies.

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