Kirk’s office apologizes for senator’s comment on women

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Sen. Mark Kirk

CHICAGO (AP) – A spokeswoman says Illinois’ U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has apologized after being caught on a hot microphone using a word considered disparaging to women.

Kirk called Republican senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham a “bro with no ho.” The remarks were heard Thursday as a Senate panel conducted a roll call vote. The South Carolina senator is a lifelong bachelor who’s joked he could have a “rotating first lady” if elected.

Later, in a muffled part of the recording, Kirk is heard suggesting that’s how urbanites would say it. Kirk is a suburbanite.

Kirk spokeswoman Danielle Varallo says it was a joke between friends, adding Kirk has apologized.

The campaign for Kirk’s potential Democratic 2016 challenger, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, deemed Kirk’s comments “as offensive as it is unfunny.”