Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk caught in divorce lies

Kirk claimed that his Virginia divorce files were “unsealed” and open to the public. The Clerk of the Circuit Court in Alexandria says Kirk’s files remain “sealed” and closed to the public.

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(CHICAGO)(June 16, 2009) Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin announced today that Congressman Mark Kirk lied to the People of Illinois and the media when he falsely claimed that his divorce files had been “unsealed.” Martin contacted the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Alexandria, Virginia, where Kirk was divorced, and was advised that the file was “sealed.”

Martin has sent Kirk a letter (see below) threatening to sue Kirk for access to the sealed divorce records. “It looks like we have another ‘Jack Ryan scandal’ on our hands,” Martin stated in releasing the Clerk’s response.

“The mystery over the rumors concerning Kirk’s private life, when now combined with his lies about ‘unsealed’ divorce files that are not in fact ‘unsealed,’ and remain secret, raise grave questions about Kirk’s judgment, integrity and fitness to be a candidate for statewide office. The Illinois Republican Party is already a national laughingstock over the way Jack Ryan imploded. It looks as though Kirk has not learned the lessons of Ryan’s campaign, and is seeking to trigger a new round of litigation about the secrets contained in Kirk’s divorce materials.

[In 2004, Jack Ryan denied there was anything embarrassing in his sealed divorce files. After he won the nomination to oppose Barack Obama, the Chicago Tribune sued to open Ryan’s sealed files. When the California divorce court ordered Ryan’s records made public, Ryan resigned as a candidate and helped power Obama into the U.S. Senate. Carpetbagger Alan Keyes “moved” to Illinois and made a fool out of himself and the Illinois Republicans who invited him to replace Ryan.]

“It is high time Kirk addressed both the rumors about his personal life and why he authorized the release of a lie to the media and public, falsely claiming his divorce case files had been opened to the public when that is in fact not the case.

“Kirk’s belief that the rumors will be contained if he runs for statewide office is delusional. Columnist Carol Marin has already made it clear that Barry Obama is going to trash any Republican who runs for his former senate seat. I call this the “Carol Marin Test.”,

“By lying about his divorce files, and falsely claiming they are ‘unsealed,’ when in fact the Clerk says they are not, Kirk has embarrassingly failed the Marin hurdle. Obama and his Smearmacht are watching.

“We are continuing our investigation,” Martin said.

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June 16, 2009

Honorable Mark Kirk
U.S. Representative
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
via fax (202) 225-0837;
(847) 940-7143

Re: Scandal over your “sealed”/“unsealed” divorce records

Dear Representative Kirk:

Nothing will kill a politician faster than lying to the public.

When your divorce was “finalized,” the divorce files were sealed.

Your office then issued an explicit statement to the media that the divorce file was unsealed and open to public inspection.

As part of my due diligence, I contacted the Clerk of the Alexandria, Virginia Circuit Court and asked for access your divorce file.

This was the Clerk’s response earlier today:

Subject: RE: divorce file
Date: 6/16/2009 9:57:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Reply To:
Sent on:

Sent from the Internet (Details)
That file is sealed.

In other words, you or your representatives lied to the People of Illinois and the media when they claimed the file was unsealed.

In my earlier letter I reminded you of how Jack Ryan’s lying destroyed his campaign for senator and how he devastated the Illinois Republican Party, inflicting damage that continues to this date.

The Associated Press quoted you yesterday as saying you are raising money for a “big campaign.”

Sadly, it appears you are proceeding along Jack Ryan’s path, and beginning your “big campaign” with a big lie.

Before I file suit against you and your former spouse in Virginia to open your divorce case, I would like to afford you until Thursday, June 18th to notify the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Alexandria that your divorce file should be unsealed, and that I am authorized to receive a copy of the complete file.

Failing same, we will be in court exposing your big lie, and seeking to put in the public domain the legal documents that you previously, and falsely, claimed had already been made public.

I would suggest you have your divorce attorneys contact me, and copy me with all of their correspondence with the Clerk.

I will be continuing my investigation to determine who actually made the misrepresentation to the media that the file had been “unsealed” when that was obviously a lie. The Clerk’s e-mail speaks for itself. I am making available to you a copy of the actual e-mail (as opposed to the text version above).

Let me be clear: I have said I would not exploit the facts concerning the rumors about your personal life. But I do believe you must address those rumors before you become a candidate.

Likewise, when you lie to the people, and falsely claim that a “sealed” file is “unsealed” when in fact it is not, then such lies have nothing to do with your “personal life” and everything to do with lying to the public. I will attack you for lying to the public and media.

For shame.

Respectfully submitted,



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