What is it that attracts political wackos to Illinois? Is it the water? Is it we Midwestern folk tolerate just about any nutjob that comes along? Maybe we're just polite. That's it, we're polite Midwesterners. So how does that justify lunatic fringe candidate Andy Martin questioning the sexual orientation of Congressman Mark Kirk in a radio attack ad?
But The Hound believes Martin stepped over the line, even for a guy like Martin. After all, he accused then-presidential candidate George W. Bush in 1999 of having "a cocaine problem". This guy makes the term "loose cannon" much too benign.
Normally, The Hound would ignore such odd manifestations, except Martin has brought Raymond True of Libertyville, chairman of the Republican Assembly of Lake County, into the mix. Martin also maintains there's a "Republican Party homosexual club" and quotes True as saying "Kirk has surrounded himself with homosexuals."
True was quick to denounce Martin, noting, "Mr. Martin did not contact me in any way before making his announcement. The comments attributed to me are completely false. I request through the media that Andy Martin cease and desist from making any additional statements that are incorrectly attributed to me." Well, that's not going to happen from Mr. Martin, who once was known as Andrew Martin-Trigona.
The Hound checked with some geezers in the office to find out about Republican homosexual clubs in Lake County and they all replied it was news to them. They also scoffed at Kirk being gay. But, then they're geezers.
As for Kirk, the considered front-runner in the Feb. 2 U.S. Senate primary, now divorced after eight years of marriage, issued a statement that he's not gay. And, really, what does it matter? We're on the verge of a new decade where alternative lifestyles are accepted, as long as they're not being lived by hypocrites.
This isn't the first time Kirk has had to tolerate mudslinging in his political career. Those same geezers recalled during the congressman's first campaign he was subjected to much of the same type of stuff issued by the right-wing. Guess they're afraid in 2010 as they were in 2000.