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Chicago Ward GOP org censures Kirk; endorses GOP challenger James Marter




CHICAGO – A Republican organization in Chicago censured incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Kirk Tuesday night, and withdrew their support during the upcoming GOP primary, tossing it to Kirk's challenger, James Marter. 

The Chicago's 11th Ward GOP is the third Republican group to have publicly condemned Kirk's voting record in the U.S. Senate. Other party groups include the Aurora Township GOP and the Batavia Township GOP.

"Any and all forms of support which the 11th Ward Republican Party of Chicago, IL customarily gives Republican candidates, including but not limited to promotion in voter outreach efforts, is now revoked from Senator Mark Kirk and his campaign for the United States Senate. The Senator’s name will be removed, or otherwise redacted from all voting guides and materials that this body’s precinct committee persons distribute to their constituents," a two-page resolution accepted by the GOP group says.

The 11th Ward criticized Senator Kirk's recent votes that did not line up with the Illinois Republican Party platform on key issues, including abortion:

Whereas, while entrusted with the office of Senator by the voters of Illinois, Mark Kirk has committed several actions incompatible with the principles of the Illinois Republican Party, among which the following acts are the most recent and egregious offenses upon which this Resolution in Support of Censure is motivated:

1. Voted “nay” on a bill that would restrict-on a federal level- abortion at or past the past the point of fetal viability (assessed at twenty weeks).

2. Voted to defeat the United States Senate effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Senator Kirk was the sole member of the Republican Senate to ally with Senate Democrats in voting to continue tax-payer funding of the aforementioned organization after the appearance of significant evidence that it, as a business, was engaged in the dissection and preparation of fetal bodies for purported “research” and apparent profit.

The resolution is signed by 11th Ward GOP Committeeman Carl Segvich and James M. Komaniecki, Secretary and Chief of Staff of the organization.

Segvich told Illinois Review Wednesday that "our 11th Ward Republican Party will NOT be endorsing Mark Kirk for re-election. We are endorsing James Marter for our United States Senate."

The resolution: 

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  1. Jan Shaw posted that mail she sent to the address listed for Mark Kirk on his petitions for US Senator in Illinois came back as undeliverable. She posted pictures of the petition and the returned envelope. Go her Facebook page to see it. A person responded saying Kirk was said to own a condo at that address. Privacy is out the window. Put in your address at Block Shopper to learn what they post about you and your neighbors. BS covers certain markets.

  2. Sen. Kirk should really re-think his decision to run for re-nomination an re-election in 2016. He is 56 years old and he has 16 years of combined service in both the House and Senate which is enough for a good pension. While I admire his courageous recovery, it has not been enough to avoid making it difficult for him to move around. Because he votes so often with the Democratic minority, he is going to lose many supporters in this primary cycle so that his re-nomination in a race against Mr. Tarter is not a sure thing by any means no matter how much money he has in this campaign fund. Maybe his retirement is coming sooner than he wants but in view of his stroke, it is common sense to retire now rather than risk a an outright loss or an embarrassment in the primary vote that will weaken him as a candidate in the fall.

  3. Good for 11th Ward GOP Committeeman Carl Segvich and James M. Komaniecki, Secretary and Chief of Staff of the organization. I hope many more organizations follow. I,and many, many others will never give Kirk a second vote. I had to hold my nose to give him the first one. Terry Hogan Midlothian, IL.

  4. Hats off to Carl Segvich for at least making noise. But let’s put this in perspective. The 11th Ward is Bridgeport, home of the Daley clan. The Dem. Committeeman is John Daley. The Alderman is Patrick Daley Thompson. The GOP can count on, perhaps, 9% of the vote there. This blather is pretty much what the whole conservative movement in Illinois is all about. A lot of absolutely meaningless and entirely ineffectual noise.
    Trump, however, might be the only entity who might make a serious difference.