Illinois GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk today responded to allegations by rival candidate Andy Martin that he is gay. Martin ran radio ads pushing a "solid rumor" about Kirk's sexuality over the Christmas holiday while Kirk was on active duty in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserves.
"Republican primary frontrunner for Senate Mark Kirk today denied rumors advanced in political attack ads that he was a homosexual.
Speaking at the Union League Club concerning his recently completed Naval Reserve duty in Afghanistan, Kirk said simply: 'No, it's not true.'
To which he added that he's getting tremendous support from his constituents concerning the issue."
The AP reports: "Now Kirk is back on the campaign trail and on Thursday he called the ads 'completely outrageous and untrue.'
The suburban Chicago congressman says it's ironic that he defends free speech as a member of the military and then rival candidate Andy Martin uses the right of free speech to make false allegations.