Former Rep. Bobby Schilling (R) said on a radio show last week that Sen. Mark Kirk (R) should have a primary challenge after splitting from the party on Planned Parenthood funding. Schilling said Kirk was trying to “out-abortion pro-abortion [Rep.] Tammy Duckworth (D-08),” and that he should support an upcoming vote on a 20-week abortion ban to help his case.
Schilling: “When you’re voting to keep money going to Planned Parenthood for what they’ve just got caught doing, that’s an extremist on the social issues, and I think people need to be held accountable. “¦ A lot of people are saying, hey, what’s the difference between Kirk and Tammy Duckworth? You’re going to get the same vote.”
He said a “firestorm is brewing” among the state’s social conservatives, and that “five-or-six” people were considering the race.
Schilling: “I’ve gotten some calls asking me to do it. “¦ [W]ith a presidential year and being downstate, it would be very difficult for me to take it on. “¦ I don’t want to say I’m completely out, but I’d say the chances of it without the full support of my spouse would be very difficult for me to make that decision.” (WROK)
Schilling also penned an op-ed calling on Kirk to “rethink” his position on Planned Parenthood. Schilling: “I served with the senator in Congress. I like him personally. He’s done good things for our state. But this is a vote my wife and I cannot overlook.” (Chicago Tribune)