McKenna Making Way For Kirk
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jul 13, 2009 7:00PM
You see, Andy, if I have a milkshake and you have a milkshake...
Mr. Kirk long had been expected to run on the GOP side if the top potential Democrat in the field, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, took a pass on the Senate. After she dropped out last Tuesday, Mr. Kirk instantly picked up the phone and told GOP powers that he was dropping in.
The problem is that, by that time, Mr. McKenna had made his own move, even going to Washington, D.C., to meet with Republican leaders to talk about running himself. That prompted huge squawks from Mr. Kirk who, depending on whom you believe, expressed outrage that another Republican would force him into a contested primary and maybe even threatened not to run at all.
So the boys took the weekend to cool off and work it out. Now they have.
"As Party Chairman my goal has been to build Party unity. Mark Kirk and I met last evening as part of an ongoing discussion about the U. S. Senate race. I reassured Mark that if he chooses to be a candidate, I will not oppose him."
Now that that's settled, who wants to be the Democrat's front-runner?
Photo via Mark Kirk's website