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Kirk Will Run For Illinois Senate

Just hours after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan took herself out of the running for the seat held by Sen. Roland Burris (D), Rep. Mark Kirk (R) has begun telling influential folks in Washington that he will make the race.

Kirk is widely regarded as the strongest candidate Republicans can field given his proven ability to win votes in a Democratic leaning district and his fundraising prowess.

Kirk has held the 10th district, which went for President Barack Obama with 61 percent in 2008, since 2000 and has beaten back several serious challenges during that time.

He had been expected to make the race for months but backed off when Madigan made it clear she would consider the race.

Kirk starts the race in impressive financial shape after raising $580,000 between April 1 and June 30. He began July with $1.1 million in the bank.

National Republicans seem likely to line up behind Kirk although Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna is in Washington today meeting with people about a possible candidacy, according to a D.C. source familiar with the visit.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2009; 1:26 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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Mnteng, that makes sense. No wonder Mandigan is so popular: a lady who puts her family first. I certainly believe she would win any office in Ill. she choose. She will definately have whatever office she chooses in the future.

Posted by: reason5 | July 9, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Her poll numbers are unmatched. Giannoulis is green. She has the most powerful family in the state.

Kirk is flawed but less so than the Dems as a whole right now. He has a good shot. I say this as an IL res. and constituent.

Posted by: Clio1 | July 9, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Her poll numbers are unmatched. Giannoulis is green. She has the most powerful family in the state.

Kirk is flawed but less so than the Dems as a whole right now. He has a good shot. I say this as an IL res. and constituent.

Posted by: Clio1 | July 9, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

I am from Illinois and I don't like Mark "cap and trade" Kirk. He is another "moderate". I am done with the Democrat party and I believe that Kirk is a Democrat with training wheels. Why not vote for Roland Burris instead? At least he is an official Democrat and not another "moderate" that panders to whoever they are talking to. No Principles, that's Mark Kirk.

Posted by: DemocratNoMore | July 9, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I am from IL (not in Mark Kirk's dist) and think he will do a fine job. I'm an independent and would likely vote for him. I certainly would not vote for Rolling Roland. I can't think of any viable Dems that could match him at this point.

Posted by: am1968 | July 8, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Kirk spent the 2006 and 2008 campaigns calling Chicagoans thugs and goons. What makes him think they will want to vote for him now?

Posted by: ebgill | July 8, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

god, what a complete f*cking idiot is king of jerk. yes, we had a summer snowstorm last night, not 3miles from my house. my husband was caught in it -- he could not beleive it... snow and hail in the hottest part of the year, when the nights are normally around 85 degrees.

What the Exxon propagandists [and they are paying billions for their astroturf minions, like zouk] want to do is confuse you about is the terminology. The overall atmosphere is heating, but that's where the term 'global warming' is limiting, and usage has been changed by most climatologists to 'global climate change' because that more accurately describes the results. Among them are vast changes in WEATHER PATTERNS, which includes such aberrations as a snowstorm in July.

Also the tornados we have been having here [which have never happened in this area before] and the droughts and plagues of forest fires out west and extreme flooding we have seen in recent. The Exxon Wh*res, like zouk, will use these weather aberations to try to confuse people, but only the stupid will listen. Don't be one of them. Don't let a fool make a fool out of you.

"In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released nearly unanimous findings that it is "unequivocal" that the climate is and will continue to change, and that human generation of greenhouse gases is responsible for most related changes since the 1950s.

Climate change will affect national security in the broadest sense, potentially affecting everything from economic growth to social stability. More narrowly, global climate change may spur sudden onset (i.e., hurricanes and floods) and slow onset (i.e., droughts and famines) disasters around the world, provoking humanitarian crises that will require military and other governmental responses. Climate change will alter the military operating environment, as well, requiring advanced planning and ongoing reevaluation."

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I find most of this somewhat encouraging.

By November of next year, folks will be feeling the effects of the recovery and these Republican hopefuls will be struggling to make a case for their own election.

A few will slip through of course, but most of these recruiting "successes" are moderate, middle-of-the-road Republicans, not wingnuts.

And it might be a good thing that Lisa Madigan isn't running. She wanted the White House to clear the field for her? Who does she think she is? Kirsten Gillibrand? ;)

Posted by: Bondosan | July 8, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

meepster I've got no idea since I live 1500 miles or so to the West. Tell me what he has done for the district. I am thirsty for good news on things like jobs, jobs and more jobs.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Go Kirk! I'm so happy right now!! I'm a constituent, and he's done an excellent job for our district! Will be working on his Senate campaign!!!

Posted by: meepster | July 8, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

America Souring on Hope and Change

As if we were speaking another language, the Democrats are ignoring all the signs that they are overstepping in expanding the federal government and spending like there's no tomorrow:

Rasmussen also reflects the public disillusionment.

In the past, it seems Obama was able to get some bounce with travels overseas and the attendant shots of waving crowds and fancy diplo-stepping in gilded foreign palaces, but as Ann Althouse shows us, even that can backfire, as the Russians seemingly deliberately humiliated him.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama praises Italy's 'great' leader as a man of integrity — but it's not Berlusconi

He thinks Mussolini is still in charge.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Must be global Warming. you Libs are hilarious."

Did you know that its warmer in Fairbanks than Boston today?

"Hey, its cold in my backyard today, global warming must be a fallacy."


Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"One possibility is that Madigan is only 42 and has young kids. Maybe she'll run for Gov. in 4 years when the kids grow up a bit."

Could be anything. MPR reports that Laura Brod is pulling out of the very crowded MN Gov's race due to unspecified health problems.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

It was Christmas in July for some Westchester County residents. A wintry mix of hail and heavy thunderstorms downed trees and utility poles in Yonkers last night -- causing mountains of slush and ice to build up in parking lots and on grassy areas. (Snip) Snow plows were called in early this morning to help remove the snow, while extra fire trucks were on hand to help with the unseasonal cleanup.

Must be global Warming. you Libs are hilarious.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse


One possibility is that Madigan is only 42 and has young kids. Maybe she'll run for Gov. in 4 years when the kids grow up a bit.

Posted by: mnteng | July 8, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating get, Chris!
Congratulations (I'm referring to the entire Illinois Senate saga begun earlier)!

And here I thought that the PA primary would be the hot one! Don't you just love politics?

Obviously, knowing your background, it's a rhetorical question!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 8, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Well neither do the Democrats. Corrupt, pay-to-play, crony capitalism does not create jobs, it creates Mexico, Eastern Europe, most African economies and so on.


Maybe Barry will consider taking over honduras as his new gig and leave us. He would feel more at home in a banana type country. He could pal around with his homies chavez and Castro. He could claim he was a lame duck anyway and was going to accomplish nothing. the Libs would then herald that strategy as "brilliant".

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse


Lisa Madigan has apparently done a good job as AG in IL and is very popular, so she would have been the overwhelming favorite. Giannoulias is a pup (early 30s), though by most accounts he's a good fundraiser.

Oh, and the Madigans aren't afraid of getting down and dirty. Don't know if Giannoulias is as sharp-elbowed. But I think he's buddies with Durbin and BHO.

The flip side to this story is Mark Kirk's D-leaning district goes up for grabs next year, which should be a pick-up for the Ds.

Posted by: mnteng | July 8, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, one must wonder why Mandigan didn't run for Governor? I thought surely she would be the next gov. of Ill. I never expected her to run for US Senate. As powerful as she is, I doubted that she would even want to be low on the totum poll in the US Senate. I guess she just likes her job as Attorney General.

Well, with Kirk in the race this gives Republicans yet another top quality recruit. Another chance to play offense in 2010. With Democrats now likely to have to spend heavily to try to keep seats in Illinois, New York, Delaware, Arkansas, Colorodo, California, Connecticut & possibly Wisconsin that puts some Republicans holds in much better shape. Those are some very expensive markets for Dems. to spend against, especially in Cali, Conn., Ill & New York. This is a major coup for Republicans. Again, congrats. John Cornyn!

Posted by: reason5 | July 8, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Here's a GOP'er who is a human rights crusader against DOMESTIC torture. Where are the Dems?


• Answer: That microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" developed and proliferated by various federal agencies are being used to silently inflict TORTURE, injury, and physical and mental impairment upon unjustly "targeted" American citizens and their families.

(See Scrivener's comments accompanying "Wired" article.)




RE: "GESTAPO USA: Gov't-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 8, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

America needs jobs.

Illinois Republicans have no plan for job creation apart from cutting taxes on corporations - whose new jobs are in other countries or are performed by people from other countries.

Well neither do the Democrats. Corrupt, pay-to-play, crony capitalism does not create jobs, it creates Mexico, Eastern Europe, most African economies and so on.

We need a new political party, one that is incapable of lying. But would people vote for politicians who do not lie to them, when they have the two party option, selling influence while telling voters anything they want to hear?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious to hear why Kirk was apparently more worried about Madigan than Giannoulias.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Guess the IL Senate race will be moving on up the next Line!

Posted by: mnteng | July 8, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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