Sen. Kirk. Courtesy of the senator's Facebook page

The national media is piling on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Friday morning after the Cornell graduate referred to presidential candidate and bachelor Sen. Lindsey Graham as a “bro with no ho.”

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Stories have been published in Politico Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Business Insider, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune (Kirk’s home state) and just about everywhere else about Kirk’s comments.

Sen. Kirk. Courtesy of the senator’s Facebook page
Sen. Kirk. Courtesy of the senator’s Facebook page

Here’s the account in Politico:

One of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2016, Kirk (R-Ill.) made the remark about Graham during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup session on Thursday. The Huffington Post, which first reported on the comment, posted audio of the hot mic incident.

“I’ve been joking with Lindsey,” Kirk said, according to audio from the Huffington Post. “Did you see that? He’s going to have a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.”

Some might find the ensuing criticism disproportionate to the joke. Here’s, for instance, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez demanding an apology from Kirk.

Kirk has since issued an apology, according to several media reports.

Kirk graduated from Cornell University in 1981 and was the president of the Seal and Serpent social fraternity on campus.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.