The Daily Herald came out strong for Mark Kirk this morning with its endorsement in its Sunday edition.
Not only is Rep. Mark Kirk of Highland Park by far the most qualified in the GOP field, he would be the most formidable candidate Republicans could offer in the November general election. Put simply: Kirk could win; it is debatable whether any of the other five candidates could.
We strongly endorse Kirk for the Senate nomination, as we have in his five tough Congressional campaigns.
Wow. I expected a good endorsement from the Herald, but this blows all the other candidates away.
To Kirk's critics that lament that he's not conservative "enough," the Herald answers:
As for those political assailants who ignore the record and try to smear Kirk as a Democrat in Republican clothing, consider this: If that were true, why have Democratic national officials worked so hard to try time and again to unseat him in the 10th Congressional District?
The Herald concludes, "If Republicans want to win, Kirk is the obvious choice."
In other news, Kirk had a wonderful profile piece in the Chicago Tribune the other day, and also received the endorsement of the Naperville Township Republicans.