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Fearing Blame, Mark Kirk’s Rhetoric Turns Ugly Surrounding DHS Shutdown

New Polling Shows Voters In Key Senate Battlegrounds Oppose Kirk, Rest Of GOP Caucus Over DHS Mess They’ve Created

As the GOP majority inches closer to a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), new polling shows voters in key Senate battlegrounds are turned off by the shutdown strategy and inclined to punish Senators like Mark Kirk and others at the ballot box.

Instead of addressing their embarrassing lack of strategy and the fact that Senate Democrats have been ready to pass a clean DHS funding bill for weeks, Senators like Mark Kirk are turning to ugly partisan rhetoric:

“If they’re cynically trying to restart the government-shutdown battle, they should be blamed directly. … It’s a very dangerous game. If we have a successful terrorist attack—all the dead Americans from that should be laid at the feet of the Democratic caucus,” Kirk said.

And to Politico:

Kirk continued: “The Republicans – if there is a successful attack during a DHS shutdown – we should build a number of coffins outside each Democratic office and say, ‘You are responsible for these dead Americans.’”

Really?

“Mark Kirk is clearly terrified of losing his seat in 2016 but instead of responsibly governing and stopping a potential shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, he would rather pontificate about building prop coffins to stick outside Democratic offices,” said Justin Barasky, Communications Director at the DSCC. “Republicans like Mark Kirk are showing that they’d rather turn national security into a political football than work on solutions so it’s no surprise that voters are rejecting this approach and the Republican Senators behind it.”

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