Mark Kirk is alive and well, doing events in Chicago. On Monday, the U.S. Senator and veteran spoke to MAVPAC at the Hubbard Street Inn downtown in River North.
Senator Kirk, who suffered a stroke last year, arrived in a wheelchair but was soon up and about with the assistance of a cane. He was chatting, posing for photos, and giving advice to the young group of Republicans. Gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard was one of the first to greet the Senator upon his arrival.
"MAVPAC", short for Maverick Political Action Committee, is headed by George P. Bush. He is Jeb Bush's son and the grandson of President George Herbert Bush. MAVPAC's mission is to engage and raise money with young professionals, age 27-40.
The senator told one young professional at the event about his excitement for Chris Christie winning his reelection race for governor in New Jersey. He indicated that he is considering supporting Christie for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Some consider Christie much more moderate then others in the mix like Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz.
After the reception, Senator Kirk sat down with MAV-PAC organizers Kyle Stone and Angel Garcia for Q & A. Senator Kirk fielded questions on the healthcare debacle, marriage equality, and foreign policy. He appears to be recovering well and getting back to the business of America.
Not discussed last night was the possible divide in the Republican Party. Some feel Jeb Bush represents the "establishment Republicans" who are at odds with Tea Party Conservative Republicans. It will be interesting to see if there is cross-over of MAVPAC attendees to other conservative events this week.
Tuesday night, Northwestern University is hosting a debate with Conservative former Congressman Joe Walsh vs Liberal State Senator Dan Biss. On Thursday, Northwestern hosts former Florida Congressman and Tea Party favorite Allen West for a speech at Harris Hall at 7:00 pm. Also, on the calendar this Thursday, new Illinois Republican State Chairman Jack Dorgan will be speaking at a City Club of Chicago lunch at Maggiano's on Grand.
With the health care debacle in full crisis mode, the Republicans seem poised for significant gains in the 2014 elections.
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