“I think it’s worked out well.”
Kirk is also a candidate for Senate in Illinois, running in the Republican primary. As we reported yesterday, a fellow Republican is running ads against Kirk, claiming that the congressman is a “homosexual.”
Another candidate for Senate, on the Democratic side, Jacob Meister, is openly gay. He trashed the anti-Kirk ad as a “McCarthy-era” tactic. But, Meisters also made an excellent point to an Illinois radio station:
Meister also noted that Kirk is an officer in the Navy Reserves. If it turns out he is gay, he will have to be discharged from the military under the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that Kirk supports and which Meister opposes. Meister says the military has investigated the sexual orientation of service members based on information as seemingly unreliable as the Martin claim.
Meister is right. Rumors have served as the basis for investigations into the private lives of members of the military — and ruined many careers. It’s going to be hard for the military to avoid such a high-profile outing of a military official. Perhaps this is one way for Mark Kirk to find out for sure if DADT has, in fact, “worked out well.”