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Mark Kirk

Kirk's public comments, gaffes raise questions

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a first-term Illinois Republican whose seat is key for his party in the 2016 election, has raised questions in recent months with a number of public gaffes. This week, a prominent GOP fundraiser suggested that Kirk step aside for another Republican in the election, then quickly recanted the idea. Among Kirk's brow-raising statements: —Last month, on an open microphone at a hearing, Kirk said presidential hopeful and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is a "bro with no ho" because he is unmarried. "That's what we'd say on (Chicago's) South Side," Kirk said. He later apologized for "inappropriate...