House Speaker "Petey" Roskam?

House Speaker "Petey" Roskam?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:35

The Washington, D.C., publication Roll Call featured a lengthy interview with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, on his prospects for re-election in 2016, among other things.

The 54-year-old Republican knows he isn’t the spry Naval reservist he was when he won President Barack Obama’s seat in 2010. So his team has divided the Land of Lincoln into 10 major media markets, aiming to hit each area as often as possible, shuttling the senator around the state on American Eagle regional jets.

Kirk must start campaigning now to win another term in Illinois, a strong Democratic state. In a wide-ranging, Jan. 16 interview in his personal office, Kirk said he watched former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., lose in a “very blue state” and learned “to not underestimate what can come at you.”

Here's the whole story.

Also from that interview came the revelation that Kirk thinks U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican and member of the House leadership team, might someday serve as speaker.

“I think Petey has a great career ahead of him," Kirk says. "I thought when he got elevated to the position, with the normal churning of leadership, that someday Roskam could be speaker.”

Petey?

I'm told Kirk is quoted right, and he did call Roskam "Petey."

I'm also told that's not exactly a common Roskam nickname.

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