American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios claimed on her show today that Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill) is a "closet homosexual."
According to RightWingWatch.org, Rios went on a rant about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) whom she accused of trying to “purge the Republican Party of conservative candidates” (audio below).
Rios claimed that Sen. McCain wanted to "turn the Republican Party blue” after he lost the 2008 presidential election and "decided that Mark Kirk was his first pick."
Rios then said that Kirk benefited from Sen. McCain's support and millions of dollars that followed.
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“Many of us in Illinois at the time, conservatives, knew that this was going to be a disaster,” stated Rios. "Mark Kirk was not an honest person, he had lied about his record. He lied about being rescued in a boat when he was a kid."
“We also knew that he was a closet homosexual,” claimed Rios, who then cited Sen. Kirk's vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" that allowed gay people to openly serve in the U.S. military.
In a 2010 article for TownHall.com, Rios also made a similar accusation:
He should answer the following questions and Republicans and press must follow through to confirm or deny his answers: 1) Are you gay? 2) Have you been living with another homosexual Congressman? 3) Were you sued by another male staffer in John Porter’s office for sexual harassment?
However, The Chicago Tribune reported in 2012 that Sen. Kirk was under fire from his ex-wife who filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Sen. Kirk had improperly given money to his then-girlfriend Dodie McCracken by paying her through another company working for his campaign.