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Mark Kirk Apologizes For Saying Lindsey Graham Is A 'Bro With No Ho'

FILE - In this June 9, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. speaks during an interview in his office. Kirk says the di
FILE - In this June 9, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. speaks during an interview in his office. Kirk says the disability he suffers from his stroke has made him more known and more popular than ever, and that it will help him win re-election in 2016. A number of Democrats, particularly incumbent congressmen, are testing the waters for a run to challenge him, but all must be taking what he says into account. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) apologized on Monday for calling his colleague Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a “bro with no ho” last week.

Five days of news coverage, almost exclusively negative, preceded Kirk’s apology, which came in an email statement and was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Illinois Republican managed to offend two constituencies when he made the comment, which was caught on a hot mic at an Appropriations Committee markup and first reported by The Huffington Post. The first was female voters, who took umbrage at his use of the word “ho.” The second was one half of the biggest city in his home state.

When Kirk made the remark about Graham, who is single and has said he would have a rotating First Lady should he win his race for the White House, he explained that he had heard the expression first on Chicago’s South Side.

“I apologize to the people of Illinois for my inappropriate remarks last week,” said Kirk, who is up for re-election in 2016.

Graham has said he is not offended by the comment. He has also said that his single life does not make him a defective person.

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