Our splendid Congressman Mark Kirk completes his sweep of the major print media endorsements by earning the support of the Daily Herald. The Herald said:
Republican incumbent Mark S. Kirk, 49, of Highland Park is an energetic representative who works to protect Lake Michigan and is a lead advocate for embryonic stem cell research. *** Kirk is not the George Bush mouthpiece [opponent Dan] Seals would have us believe. He is, as we have stated before, one of the most independent members of Congress.
You can see Kirk's endorsements by the Tribune, Sun-Times, News-Sun, and Pioneer Press here.
While Kirk's endorsements are to be expected, to some degree, State Senate candidate Keith Gray, who is running against incumbent Senator Terry Link in the 30th senate district, got a great endorsement from the Tribune this morning. Unlike the Daily Herald, the Tribune gets the message that if we don't break the stranglehold the Dems have on state government, the state will continue spiraling into a financial abyss. I'm sure Senator Link's petition scandal didn't help. You simply have to read the whole thing:
Sen. Terry Link is a Lake County Democratic powerhouse, part of Emil Jones' leadership team and one of the contenders to replace Jones as Senate leader. That sounds like a prescription for the status quo in Springfield. In August, two of his campaign workers were indicted on charges that they submitted phony signatures to put him on the ballot. He's running against Republican businessman Keith Gray of Mettawa, vice president of the Rondout School Board and a member of the Mettawa Zoning Board of Appeals. Gray is a very good candidate. He's smart, has some good ideas about generating development and jobs and is outraged about the Democratic dysfunction in Springfield and Link's role in that as part of the Senate leadership team. Gray would bring welcome change, and he is endorsed.
Gray was previously endorsed by the Lake County News-Sun, Link's hometown newspaper, and Link's petition scandal appears to have also cost some other Lake County Democrats some endorsements since all of the Dem county-wide candidates also had petitions circulated by the indicted campaign workers...