Gay community pushes Mark Kirk out of the closet

By DOUG IBENDAHL • June 1, 2010
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We knew this was coming, but some Republicans chose to keep their heads in the sand.


As we reported over the weekend, Mike Rogers of wrote on Saturday that Mark Kirk is definitely gay, and promised to follow up with more details.


Rogers has now done just that. His follow-up story is here: Truth or Consequences.


We find Rogers’ reporting very credible and frankly it just confirms what’s been widely rumored for years.


From Rogers’ article:


In an effort to move the base in Illinois Senate race, Kirk decided to tack right and that means throwing the gays (like him) under the bus. And once he voted that way, the phone began to ring. Not one or two, or three but 5 separate individuals contacted me about the now divorced Mr. Kirk. (Mr. and Mrs. Kirk were married from 2001 to 2009, the marriage produced no children.) 
Within hours of the DADT repeal vote I was contacted by two people who knew Kirk from his college days. 
“In law school in DC everyone knew Mark was gay,” the first source told me. I explained that the information was intriguing, it would not be enough to go on. He continued, “But I had sex with him a number of times.” Well, now we’re onto something I thought. “Could someone verify for me that you knew Kirk and went to school with him?” I asked. “Yes” was the swift reply. “Could you recall personal details about Kirk that others may not know?” “Yes,” he said. 
And he did.
The next source claimed to have gone to undergraduate school with Kirk. I asked for proof that he and Kirk were in school together and once that was shared with me, I met with the source. The source introduced me to a man whom had also been friends with Kirk college. They both shared with me their interactions with Kirk, including one sexual in nature. The source who claimed to have sex with Kirk described personal details about the House, um, er, “member.” The description was the same as the first source. 
And in DC, Kirk wasn’t all THAT closeted. You see Mark Kirk told me he was gay. Before I had BlogActive, I had a life in Washington. As a fundraiser I raised major gifts from $5,000 to over $1,000,000… You don’t do that kind of work at a keyboard, you do it at events with attended by people with money. The movers and shakers and their friends. 
It was early 2004 when I was at a social gathering on Capitol Hill. I’m guessing there were 35-40 people present, including the guy who brought me as his guest. While the party was no means a “gay” party, I’d guess that of the men at least 75% were overtly gay. The others present were either straight men or their women friends.
It was at that party that I met Mark Kirk. I was introduced to him by the person I came with and at the time did not realize he was a member of the House. As my friend walked away, Kirk asked me if the man who introduced us was “single or attached.” When I said that he had a partner Kirk replied disappointingly, “oh, well.” At the end of that interaction I walked away and didn’t think much of it at the time. 
Then Kirk became a hypocrite. Kirk voted against repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, despite his being a closeted gay man in the military. As a Commander in the Navy Reserves Kirk has voted to keep a policy that if he were investigated under he would be tossed.
Recently we learned that it’s just not about his being a closeted gay man that Kirk lies about; he has a habit of making up awards supposedly given to him by the Navy.
Nice try, Mark. The gig is up.
Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.


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