GOP Sen. Mark Kirk + Dem Bob Menendez to Vote YES for...

GOP Sen. Mark Kirk + Dem Bob Menendez to Vote YES for #LorettaLynch


At a speech to  in Chicago today, Republican Senator Mark Kirk announced he will vote YES on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch. Kirk’s vote is crucial and come a day after the indictment of New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez who also confirmed to Politico that he will vote in favor of Lynch’s nomination.

Five Republicans have now publicly said they support Lynch:  Sens. Kirk, Orrin Hatch (UT), Lindsey Graham (SC), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Susan Collins (ME) have said they will support Lynch.  Sen. Kirk has what’s expected to be a tight race for re-election next year.

Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte (NH), Rob Portman (OH) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) ahve not revealed how they will vote on Lynch’s nomination.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke