It has been alleged by some of the media that the conservative and tea party movements are anti-intellectual and are avoiding substantive issues in primary campaigns against more moderate Republicans. Jeb Golinkin at FrumForum posted on Wednesday the following about the Illinois Senate Primary and allegations by one opponent that Kirk is gay:
If the debate were about issues, Andy Martin would not be running radio advertisements which mention a so called “solid rumor” that Kirk is gay. If this race were about issues, Lake County Republican leader Ray True would not publicly observe that Mark Kirk has “surrounded himself with homosexuals.”
It seems more than a bit of a stretch to conclude that Andy Martin is a serious candidate and that his actions speak for the right wing. Martin is a notorious shock blogger who has no reported FEC campaign contributions filing (although 4th quarter still has not been posted). Moreover, CBS Chicago reports that he was convicted of assault in Florida and denied entry into the Illinois bar because of a “character defect.”
Lake County Republican leader Ray True, who FrumForum quotes as saying that Kirk “surrounded himself with homosexuals,” has denied that he ever made such comments. The comments were cited as evidence in Martin’s advertisement, but maybe FrumForum has another source of True actually making those allegations.
In addition, the Illinois GOP has issued a statement denouncing the allegations — as has Pat Hughes, the candidate who has run second in financing.
CQ had a piece today jokingly suggesting that Andy Martin could be an agent of Mark Kirk — by releasing radicals throwing out wild accusations “they suck up what little media oxygen is in the room” away from other more conservative challengers of Kirk. If the media want to avoid an issue-based primary, the natural thing to do would be to group conservatives with Andy Martin.