GOP Head Steele Withdrawing Kirk Support?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Tom Roeser recently wrote that National GOP Party Chairman Michael Steele is stepping back from his Kirk-only support now that Patrick Hughes’ campaign for U.S. Senate has started to make inroads into Kirk’s Illinois support base.

This is interesting news, if it turns out to be true. One of the things that has riled me, for one, is that the national party has swooped in to pick our candidate for us here in Illinois. I am all for the national party supporting our Illinois candidate for Senate but it would be a tad better if the party waited until we the actual voters of Illinois had the opportunity to chose our own candidate first.

The fact that so many assume that the national party is automatically supporting squishy liberal Republican Mark Kirk for Senate before we even get a chance to evaluate whether we actually want Kirk to represent us in the Senate is galling.

I certainly hope that Roeser is right and Steele and the national party is stepping back from its outloud support of Mark Kirk and giving the people of Illinois the opportunity to decide if we even want him as our representative in Washington.

It is proper that the national party give the voters a chance to chose for ourselves without pressure from outside the state.

Patrick Hughes for Senate

Mark Kirk for Senate
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as,,,,,, Human Events Magazine,, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for

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