The National Republican Senatorial Committee tweeted what they thought was a great slam against Democrat Tammy Duckworth from Illinois, who is a Representative currently running for the Illinois Senate seat once occupied by President Obama, but the GOP failed miserably, even embarrassingly so.
While the tweet may not sound so horrible, the meaning behind it changes once one remembers that not only is Tammy Duckworth a veteran herself who fought in Iraq, she lost both legs there. The whole “standing up” bit was, therefore, in very poor taste.
The tweet has since been deleted, but the ongoing feud between Duckworth and her rival for the congressional seat, Mark Kirk, continues.
There is quite a bit of history behind Duckworth’s bid for both her current seat and the seat for which she’s running, and the same arguments were used against her in 2012 when she ran for state congress against Republican Joe Walsh. Her rivals have tried for four years to use a case brought against her by employees of the Veterans’ Administration as a way to discredit her. When asked for a statement regarding the deleted tweet, the National Republican Senatorial Committee responded with mention of the case.
“It would be great if reporters would pay as much attention to a deleted tweet as they should to Tammy Duckworth being sued by VA whistleblowers for ignoring claims of mistreatment and corruption.”
Matt McGrath, a spokesman for the Illinois Democratic Party, had this to say about the case:
“‘Every time Mark Kirk’s campaign hits a bump in the road … he and his Republican allies start talking about this case again.”
Indeed, the case has been thrown out of court by two judges and is in yet it’s third round in court, but Republicans looking to discredit Duckworth continue to trot it out against her in what McGrath calls the “politics of desperation.” With a Republican rival like Mark Kirk, desperation is the name of the game. Kirk’s endless gaffes while campaigning against Duckworth have landed the candidate in some serious trouble and embarrassed his party. After all, Kirk was caught on tape referring to an unmarried colleague as “a bro with no ho,” and it only gets worse from there.
To see the ads against Kirk, which include his serious gaffes on the campaign trail, see the video below:
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