Looking Good

Rod Blogojevich, Roland Burris, Reverend Wright... the Chicago pattern is no joke.
If there was any question whether or not the 2010 election season was heating up, it was dispelled on Monday morning when a Republican Senate candidate from Illinois released an ad questioning whether his primary opponent is a homosexual.
Mayor Daley, Tony Rezko, Reverend Pfleger...
Andy Martin, a noted conservative dirty trickster, put out a spot on local radio in which he pushes a "solid rumor" that fellow Senatorial aspirant, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), "is a homosexual."
Bill Ayers, Mayor Daley Sr, Rahm Emanuel...
"I helped expose many of Barack Obama's lies in 2008," the ad goes. "Today, I am fighting for the facts about Mark Kirk. Illinois Republican leader Jack Roeser says there is a 'solid rumor that Kirk is a homosexual.' Roeser suggests that Kirk is part of a Republican Party homosexual club. Lake County Illinois Republican leader Ray True says Kirk has surrounded himself with homosexuals." "Mark Kirk should tell Republican voters the truth."
Things sure are ugly there.
Martin, it should be noted, is quite proficient in the art of political smear. He was profiled by the New York Times during the 2008 campaign as "The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama." His notoriety stems from his insistence that "Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion." The story went on to note that Martin had "filed so many lawsuits that a judge barred him from doing so in any federal court without preliminary approval." Martin usually dismisses charges of hyper-partisanship by noting that he once was an affiliated Democrat. Certainly, the accusations he is currently leveling against Kirk suggest his interests have more to do with publicity and political advancement than any particular ideological agenda.
Chicago Politics. Nice.