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U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk

Kirk responds to gay-baiting ad

Republican Mark Kirk is responding to ads from a fringe candidate in Illinois’ U.S. Senate race by flatly stating that he’s not gay.

The radio ads challenge Kirk to address rumors that he is gay.

They began running while Kirk was on active duty in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserves, which kept Kirk from responding directly.

Now Kirk is back on the campaign trail and on Jan. 7 he called the ads “completely outrageous and untrue.’”

The Chicago congressman says it’s ironic that he defends free speech as a member of the military and then rival candidate Andy Martin uses the right of free speech to make false allegations.

— AP

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