This Centrist Voter's Thoughts.
Fri 4/16/10 12:59 PM
Dear Mr. Kirk,
I am a longtime resident of IL, far west Chicago 'burbs. I am indeed blessed with two healthy, happy productive kids in college. Currently, I must count myself among the throngs of involuntarily unemployed IL residents. In my 30 years of voting, I have supported both Republicans and Democrats at all levels: Local, State, National. I lean Left-of-Center, for whatever that characterization's worth, but above all else I am a pragmatic voter; I've no patience for the myopic, partisan antics of ideologues--Left and Right--and I'd like nothing more than to vote issues. That said, I never expect to agree 100% on every issue with any candidate that I support. And I should add, I am sympathetic to the campaign tightrope you must walk: your Party is a mess at present (I didn't need Frum to tell me that), and the ugly bottom line forever remains 'getting elected'.
So. Here we IL voters are. Kirk or Giannoulias. Setting aside laborious analytics, I like your moderate record, and I don't like Giannoulias's controversial involvement with Broadway Bank. (Rather than de-sensitized to corrupt practices, I am hyper-sensitive.)
But here's why, today, I don't believe I can vote for you: your association with Club For Growth. Frankly, I'm concerned that you'll get into the Senate and become just one more obstructionist Republican vote beholden--or shackled--to the cacophonous yet disproportionately influential Far Right. As a Senate newbie, would you have the independent courage of Republican veterans like Snowe or Collins? This is IL. Not Kentucky or South Carolina.
Convince me otherwise, Mr. Kirk, and you'll have not only my vote, but my vocal, widely blogged support.
With Kind Regards,