Illinois’ Republican Sen. Mark Kirk referred to fellow-Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has 2016 presidential aspirations, as a “bro with no ho,” according to Yahoo! News on Thursday. The inappropriate remark by Kirk was picked up on a live microphone during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday. In its entirety, Kirk said, “I’ve been joking with Lindsey. Did you see that? He’s going to have a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.”
The vulgar comment has been said to be exceedingly unusual. Such conduct is said to be nearly unheard of in such a setting as a chamber where senators are expected to do their best to maintain decorum, according to the reports. Ho, as many already know, is a slang term for a whore.
Historically, if Graham were to be successful in becoming the next president of the United States in 2016, he would be just the third person to do so who is unmarried. The two United States presidents who were unmarried when they were elected were James Buchanan and Grover Cleveland. Cleveland, however married while he was in office.
Graham, in the past week, has joked about his bachelorhood while being interviewed with the Daily Mail. He told that media source, while laughing, “I’ve got a lot of friends. We’ll have a rotating first lady.” He also said at a recent campaign event that he has a sister and she could play that role if necessary. Throughout the campaign, thus far, Graham is coming across as a nice guy, of sorts. He jokes a lot and appears to be very open in his comments. He admits that he’s fun to hang around with and that the White House would be a more open place if he were to become president.
As for Mark Kirk, Mary Ann Ahern of ABC News in Chicago says that he is unavailable this weekend to address questions from the press about the “bro with no ho” comment. Politico said he has said that he regrets the comment, but he only made that brief comment and would not elaborate on the incident or address other questions about the incident.
Kirk has been a controversial figure among Illinois voters since being elected. Even though he ran and got elected as a Republican, he is viewed by many as not standing strongly for Republican causes on a number of issues. He has backed some of President Obama’s most leftist and controversial issues, which has greatlly irked his former supporters who got him elected in the Land of Lincoln.
One of the biggest concerns his former supporters in Illinois have is that he would not support fellow-Republican Jim Oberweis, the state senator who ran against Sen. Dick Durbin in 2012. Kirk refused to endorse and support Oberweis whatsoever. At one point, it was said that he wouldn’t support the fellow-Republican for the U.S. Senate seat because Durbin is his friend. Sen. Mark Kirk’s total lack of Party loyalty has been criticized ever since.
Kirk is running for election at this time. His opponent, Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, was quick to comment on Kirk’s inappropriate “ho” reference. She said that the comment is disrespectful to women and totally unacceptable. According to social media and news media reactions, many are agreeing with her. Illinois is a strong state for Democrats, and the actions of Kirk are likely going to make it easier for the Democrats to take his seat in the U.S. Senate come 2016. There are even Republicans who are counting the days until he will be out of office.
In the recent past, Illinois has had other controversial political figures entrenched in infamous headlines including former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert who has been accused of lying to the FBI about banking matters. Also, the Jesse Jackson family continue to hold headlines. This week, it has been reported that as Jesse Jackson is exiting prison for wrongdoing, his wife Sandra Jackson is required to enter prison within 30 days after he gets out. They are both being punished with prison time for wrongdoings.