Sen. Mark Kirk, recovering from stroke, records campaign robo-calls and videos

November 6, 2012

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is pictured on April 19 at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Office of Sen. Mark Kirk)

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Emerging from his months-long recovery from a stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has recorded robo-calls and videos for several Illinois Republican congressional candidates in recent days.

The most recent is a robo-call made Monday to voters in support of Jason Plummer, a GOP congressional candidate in Illinois’s 12th Congressional District:

On the call, Kirk says Plummer is “a fellow Naval reserve officer with me, and when he goes to the Congress, he will vote to spend less and tax less to make sure we fix our economy.”

Later, Plummer wishes Kirk “God-speed with your recovery.” Plummer is locked in a tossup race to succeed retiring Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.).

Perhaps more notably, Kirk has also appeared in brief Web video messages in support of Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), who faces former Rep. Bill Foster (R-Ill.) in the state’s competitive 11th Congressional District, and Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.), who holds Kirk’s old House seat and faces Democrat Brad Schneider. Here’s the video for Biggert:

The fact that Kirk is able to speak and appear in videos and robo-calls for other candidates — and considering the strength of his voice and delivery — is an encouraging sign that his recovery is proceeding at a robust pace.

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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