How exactly does Mark Kirk plan to fight corruption in Illinois from a post in the U.S. Senate?
Just three days after after officially entering the 2010 Senate race, Rep. Mark Kirk has unveiled his first Internet ad. Aside from his decorated military career, one theme that he emphasizes heavily in the video is corruption. "We've been let down too many times," the ad begins. "Betrayed by politicians, angered by their scandals." The narrator soon pivots. "We can reform Illinois," he says, "change it for the better." Watch it here (H/T Capitol Fax).
This hook shouldn't come as a surprise, seeing as how, according to Kirk himself, Illinois corruption is the motivating force behind his Senate bid. However, the Boiler Room's Chris Wetterich made a good point on Tuesday:
Stopping corruption seems like a weird reason to run for U.S. Senate from Illinois. [...]
There certainly have been a ton of ethical questions surrounding Burris since he was appointed by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich early this year. But Burris wasn’t elected to the seat, and there hasn’t been a history of corruption swirling around our U.S. senators.
If Kirk is going to take this anti-corruption message on the trail, it seems fair for reporters to ask him a simple question: "Assuming you win, what are you going to do from your perch in D.C. to fight the sort of corruption we've seen in Illinois?"