Senate Nominee Andy Martin Calls His Rival Mark Kirk Homosexual
A U.S. politician Andy Martin who is running for U.S. Senator in Illinois against Mark Kirk, issued an attack ad, in which he calls his rival homosexual. The ad that was taped by Martin and run on major radio stations said there was a "solid rumour that Kirk is a homosexual." Martin quotes Illinois Republican leader Jack Roeser saying that Kirk is "part of the Republican Party homosexual club." Martin, a former journalist, also quotes Illinois Republican leader Ray True saying that Kirk has "surrounded himself with homosexuals." Ray True has already stated Martin never asked for his opinion. Roeser has not commented yet. You can listen to the radio ad here.
Meanwhile, Mark Kirk's camp has rejected the accusations.
Kirk campaign manager Eric Elk says, "The ad is not true and is demeaning to the political process. The people of Illinois deserve better."
Kirk did not have a chance to comment on the situation directly as he is on active duty over the holidays.
The response of Illinois Republican Party to Martin's accusations has been that of disapproval. The party chairman was quoted saying that the party disavows the statements made by Martin.
"His statements today are consistent with his history of bizarre behavior and often times hate-filled speech which has no place in the Illinois Republican Party," the party's statement added. "Mr. Martin will no longer be recognized as a legitimate Republican Candidate by the Illinois Republican Party."
The upcoming February election is being dubbed "a fight for the future of the Republican Party in Illinois" on Andy Martin's website. Martin calls himself "one of Obama's most respected critics and opponents" and "a name you can trust." Martin ran for President twice in 1998 and 2000. He was accused of being the source of rumours that President Obama is Muslim.
U.S. Senate runner Mark Kirk has divorced his wife Kimberly Vertolli in 2009 and has no children.