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Mark Kirk Illinois Senate press conference on Tuesday

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Illinois Senate GOP nominee Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) holds a press event on Tuesday, the first since he was hit with stories about embellishing his military record. According to the notice about the session, at a Northbrook hotel near his campaign headquarters, Kirk will "discuss the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, highlighting his vision for creating jobs, renewing economic growth and tackling the important issues facing our state."

Below, Kirk release......


***Media Advisory***
Kirk to Discuss U.S. Senate Race

Who: Congressman Mark Kirk

When: 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Where: Renaissance Hotel
933 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook
Northbrook West

What: Congressman Mark Kirk will discuss the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, highlighting his vision for creating jobs, renewing economic growth and tackling the important issues facing our state.

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For those of you who are having trouble keeping track of Mark Kirk's military lies, here's a list (so far):


As of about a week ago, the list was up to eight separate incidents: Kirk (1) falsely claimed he served "in" Operation Iraqi Freedom; (2) falsely claimed to "command the war room in the Pentagon"; (3) falsely claimed to have won the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award; (4) falsely claimed to have been shot at by the Iraqi Air Defense network; (5) falsely claimed to be a veteran of Desert Storm; (6) falsely claimed to be the only lawmaker to serve during Operation Iraqi Freedom; and (7) falsely claimed to have been shot at in Kosovo; and (8) falsely claimed to have been shot at in Kandahar.


We can add number 9 with the deployment debunking, in which Kirk repeatedly claims his annual training missions are deployments. The Navy begs to differ.


Also number 10, as well, since we now have confirmation from the DOD that Kirk had violated Pentagon policy by conducting partisan political activity while on active duty, which Kirk has strenuously denied, even to the point of claiming that the Obama administration altered his record.


Can Kirk break a dozen lies? Given the latest polling, maybe he should try an entirely new tactic. Like say, TELLING THE TRUTH!
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