2016 and the US Senate Race in Illinois

200px-Mark_Steven_Kirk,_official_photo_portrait_color2016 is right around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about the U.S. Senate race and especially think about if we should elect Mark Kirk to a second term as the Junior Senator from Illinois.

Senator Kirk was elected with much fanfare back in November 2010. We knew that he wasn’t the most conservative Republican, but many conservatives, including myself, voted for him knowing that the Republican’s needed that seat to fight Obama’s agenda. However, since he has been elected he has repeatedly disappointed the very people that voted him into office in our backs.

Examples include:

  • Sole Republican to vote for Obama’s anti-2nd Amendment surgeon general nominee
  • Opposed lifting the ban of firearms at federally controlled water project sites
  • Voted in favor of the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin amendment which would require universal background checks which violates the 2nd Amendment
  • Voted to invoke cloture on the 2014 Farm Bill which despite the claims of reform spent over a billion dollars
  • Voted “Yes” on Senate Bill 336, “The Market Place Fairness Act”, which is colloquially known as the Internet Sales Tax Bill.

Terrible as his voting has been, none seemed more controversial than what he didn’t do: campaigning and actively supporting the Republican challenger Jim Oberweis against Democrat U.S. Senator Dick Durbin in 2014. When a Republican is afraid to publicly back and endorse your own party’s nominee for the second US Senate seat, it does question how much loyalty Senator Mark Kirk has to members of the Republican Party. After all, if he’s so confident of being an “independent” voice, perhaps it would be best for him to remove the “R” next to his name to truly exhibit to Illinoisans how independent he really is.