Sen. Kirk Won't Campaign Against Durbin

Mar 24, 2014

Dick Durbin (Left) and Mark Kirk
Credit NPR

Illinois' Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he has no plans to campaign with the GOP state lawmaker hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick
Durbin in November.
On election night, Kirk said he'd support the GOP nominee. Still, he told reporters Monday he's going to be ``protecting his relationship'' with Durbin
and won't launch ``into a partisan jihad.''
Durbin is the Senate's No. 2 Democrat.
State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove won the GOP nomination last week. His
family owns ice cream shops. Oberweis says his name recognition will help his
U.S. Senate campaign. However, Oberweis has been under fire in the past,
including for remarks about immigrants.  
Kirk and Durbin have worked together and have had a public friendship,
particularly after Kirk suffered a stroke in 2012.