Quick Hit Adam Doster Thursday September 9th, 2010, 4:55pm

How Should We Close That State Deficit, Mr. Kirk?

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk may be running for the U.S. Senate, but he sure has a lot of opinions about state government. When the North Shore Republican launched his campaign last year, a major theme he hit on was rooting out corruption in Illinois, a task we thought might be difficult to tackle for a pol stationed in Washington. Today, Kirk released a new ad criticizing Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias for his thoughts on Illinois' budget deficit. "Quinn and Giannoulias agree," the ad begins. "Your taxes should go up." Watch it:

If Kirk is going to use Illinois' income tax rate as a talking point throughout the fall, it seems fair for reporters to ask the "deficit hawk" how he would close the state's deficit without raising new revenue. If his answer is good, perhaps Bill Brady can learn a thing or two from his fellow statewide nominee.

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