Kirks’ vote in favor of Murthy was naked self-interest in hopes of being reelected in 2016 as a moderate.
Behold the face of a traitor to the Second Amendment.
Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois cast the 51st and only Republican vote that confirmed rabidly anti-gun Vivek Murthy to be the next U.S. Surgeon General.
The Senate on Monday narrowly confirmed Vivek Murthy to be the nation’s surgeon general, making him one of the highest-profile beneficiaries of the Senate’s nuclear option.
The nomination was strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association because of Murthy’s support of gun-control laws and by Republicans who doubted that a 37-year-old physician was qualified for the public health position.
Democrats confirmed him, 51-43, with the support of a lone Republican: Mark Kirk of Illinois. Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia opposed him; all hail from red states where the gun lobby is particularly powerful.