GOP Senate Candidate Martin Attacks Rival Kirk with Gay Rumors

Illinois GOP Senate candidate Andy Martin "says he is blanketing the state of Illinois with radio advertisements that call a rival's sexuality into question," WBBM reports. The ads question his rival Mark Kirk's (pictured) sexuality.

Reports Sam Stein at the Huffington Post:Kirk

"Andy Martin, a conservative public interest lawyer, put out a spot on local radio in which he pushes a 'solid rumor' that fellow Senatorial aspirant, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), 'is a homosexual.' … 'I helped expose many of Barack Obama's lies in 2008,' the ad goes. 'Today, I am fighting for the facts about Mark Kirk. Illinois Republican leader Jack Roeser says there is a 'solid rumor that Kirk is a homosexual.' Roeser suggests that Kirk is part of a Republican Party homosexual club. Lake County Illinois Republican leader Ray True says Kirk has surrounded himself with homosexuals.' … 'Mark Kirk should tell Republican voters the truth.'

The seedy spot seems to take a page out the Karl Rove playbook — in which allegations of homosexuality are pushed by innuendo and 'simple demands for the truth.' In a statement to a local Illinois station, the Kirk camp vehemently condemned and denied its content.' The ad is not true and is demeaning to the political process. The people of Illinois deserve better,' said Kirk campaign manager Eric Elk in a written statement."


  1. Donovan says

    Haha, Republicans sniping at Republicans. Like watching a pair of cats hissing and trying to bite each others’ ass. Hard to take anyone’s side, really – it’s just pathetic.

  2. Timothy says

    Chicago Sun-Times: Martin’s “Selective Service file label[es] him unfit for military service because of a “moderately severe character defect manifested by well-documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character.”

  3. ThomT says

    Let’s all watch the Republican’s eat their own – these people are so used to running negative campaigns and desperate to win an election they’ll even stoop to damning their own. So what happens if Kirk actually gets the party nod and becomes the candidate? Will Martin suddenly “see the light” (and look like the fool that he is) and back the candidate or will he act like a spoiled child and threaten to run as an independent and ruin any possible chance the Republicans might have to capture the seat?

  4. ChrisM says

    There’s tons of stuff on Andy Martin if you run a basic search. Seems that he’s not really taken very seriously by many (even member of his own party) and might actually be doing some good by drawing some (negative) attention to the intolerance of the GOP.

  5. says

    If Kirk had an ounce of courage, he’d have made the point that it’s wrong to use sexual orientation as an attack on anyone, because there’s nothing wrong with any sexual orientation so long as it takes place between consenting adults – straight, gay or something in between. Instead, he seems terrified that it’ll stick and just denies the rumor, which suggests he thinks it would be relevant if a) people thought it were true or b) it actually were true and people found out about it. GOP… the party of homophobia.

  6. candideinnc says

    I am tempted to do the Rude Pundit fare and say Martin was sodomizing his demented daughter with his prosthetic penis, but I won’t. It is getting too exhausting in my old age becoming incensed over every vulgar bigot that comes along to insult me and my kind. I guess I will just have to resort to spitting at them in the future. (This is also a hint to Martin’s gay waiters at any restaurants he chooses to frequent.)

  7. says

    the sad thing is that this got any play at all. andy martin, as anyone who has ever dealt with him will know, is one of those perennial candidates, never gets more than a few percentage points in any election, holds press conferences (even this one! when it was like 20 degrees out!) on street corners and sends out crazy ass press releases in the middle of the night and is not much different from a Larouchie, with his conspiracy theories, etc. He is not a legitimate candidate, ever.

    unfortunately, kirk will not criticize this, as someone else here suggested, by saying it’s wrong to use one’s sexuality or perceived sexuality as something to attack with and that homophobia is bad, not because he actually is gay but because he really wants to appeal to the far right fringe, the alleged ‘base’ he needs to win the primary — before he gets whipped by a democrat in the general.

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