Video: Kirk Campaigns With Dold

Schneider gets backing from Durbin.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) made a rare public appearance Thursday when Rep. Robert Dold’s (R-Kenilworth) campaign bus stopped outside the senator’s Highland Park home for a visit. Kirk has made few public outings since stroke in January.

Dold also picked up Kirk’s endorsement. The video released by the Dold campaign shows the two lawmakers talking but does not disclose the details of their conversation.

“Rep. Dold and I have worked on strengthening the security of Israel and to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capabilities,” Kirk said in a release from the Dold campaign. “We worked together to put tougher sanctions on Iran’s energy sector and encouraged the administration to sign the new sanctions into law.”

Meanwhile, Dold’s Democratic challenger, Brad Schneider of Deerfield, got the backing Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield), the state’s senior senator, last month.

“He wants to make sure we move forward creating jobs and business opportunities in Illinois,” Durbin said. “His background as a businessman puts him in a position to do that.”

Otis My Man November 02, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Sorry that Senator Kirk had a stroke. But why is it that he's not well enough to get to Capitol Hill and do the job that he was elected to, but he's well enough to be on the campaign trail to help his buddy Dold? Why is Kirk lauded so highly? It appears his priorities are completely out of whack. If you're sick, you're sick--we hope you get better. Giffords took a year before she resigned--that would be a good benchmark for Senator Kirk. Trying to hold on to the 2014 Governor election seems to be his one and only goal.
Joe Wallace November 02, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I wonder what Kirk's bill for his strike is up to now? He should go out into the real world just like the rest of us do.
Otis My Man November 04, 2012 at 02:52 AM
What a hypocritical fraud Senator Kirk is. Are you well enough to fulfill your elected duties? If so, get your butt over to Washington and do what you've been elected and paid to do. Too sick to do your job? Then go ahead and rehab yourself. Your constituency has patience and understanding up to a point. But the ONLY time you get out of bed to do something constructive is to campaign??? Without question that is lame. I would like to know of any job in America where somebody on the mend does something OPTIONAL before doing something that is REQUIRED of his job. If indeed you are too sick to do your job, quit. It's true for Giffords. It's true for Jessie Jackson Jr. And it's true for you. So far you have missed almost 15% of your term. If you're well enough to campaign, you're well enough to work.
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