Chicago Tribune Won’t Endorse GOP Senator Mark Kirk Because He Suffered a Stroke

mark kirkDespite having endorsed the longtime Illinois Republican Senator a whopping six times, The Chicago Tribune declined to endorse Mark Kirk Friday because he suffered a stroke in 2012.

The Tribune admitted that Kirk was the candidate they’d support based solely on the issues. “His positions mirror those of mainstream Illinois voters and, frankly, of this editorial page,” they wrote. He’s a socially moderate, fiscally conservative Republican. He supports policies that would reduce the national debt, curb deficit spending and downsize government.”

However, “while a stroke by no means disqualifies anyone from public office, we cannot tiptoe around the issue of Kirk’s recovery and readiness,” they write in the endorsement of his Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth. “His health is a fundamental component of this race — a hotly contested matchup that could return control of the U.S. Senate to Democrats.”

“We aren’t physicians; Kirk’s doctor attests to his good cognitive health,” the editors admit. “But we are voters. And our reluctant judgment is that, due to forces beyond his control, Kirk no longer can perform to the fullest the job of a U.S. senator. We are unable to endorse him for another six-year term.”

This is not the first unorthodox endorsement from the Tribune this election cycle. The paper endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president in September.

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