Election 2012

Calling for a cease-mudslinger

In a little over 24 hours, the polls will close and we will know exactly who will be representing us in both our local and national governments, as well as our Commander in Chief. While some Americans are growing eager to learn the decision, others are simply looking forward to escaping the endless mudslinging political ads.

Even 4-year-old Abigael Evans is awaiting the end of the election. Evans sparked a claim to fame when her mother, Elizabeth Evans, posted a video of the little girl expressing how tired she is with NPR, “Bronco Bamma” and Mitt Romney. The endless coverage and altogether negativity both parties receive from the media is exhausting.

Yesterday, rather than focusing on the darker side of politics, news outlets such as The Chicago Tribune broke a refreshing story on Illinois Senator Mark Kirk. Kirk suffered a stroke nine months ago, and his senate seat has remained empty during his recovery where he has undergone surgery and physical therapy to regain strength on the left side of his body. Two days before the 2012 Election Day, the story did not revolve around politics, but around perseverance. Yesterday, Kirk completed the SkyRise Chicago stair climb—an annual event that raises money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. With his physical therapist beside him, Kirk successfully climbed 37 of the 103 flights of stairs, reaching the top of Chicago’s tallest skyscraper: Willis Tower.

The political break was nice, but for the next day, we’ll have to endure the none-too-pleasant political coverage. Check out the clip below for  Senator Kirk’s finish yesterday.



Cover Photo Source: DonkeyHotey via Flickr

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Cassandra is a Content Manager and Developer at SJG. She earned her BA from Fontbonne University in 2011. Outside the office, she enjoys an active, healthy and well-rounded lifestyle including reading, writing, running, golfing, watching films, listening to music, taking photographs, and consuming media and social media.

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