Senator Mark Kirk Lobbies Colleagues Against Hagel

Republican quietly circulates document detailing Hagel’s position on Hezbollah that includes names of Americans killed by the organization.

In this Dec. 18, 2012, photo, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk speaks about his recovery from a major stroke a year ago at his home in Highland Park, Illinois. Kirk said it is the hardest thing he's ever done. / AP

WASHINGTON — Sentaor Mark Kirk is lobbying his colleagues against President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, handing out a document on the Senate floor with some of his controversial statements regarding the terrorist group Hezbollah.

In office, Hagel declined to sign a congressional letter urging the European Union to blacklist the group.

According to two Republicans familiar with the situation, the document included some of Hagel’s positions and statements, as well as a list of the Americans who have been killed by the group. The list included 280 names, broken down by state.

Kirk’s office has been conducting a behind the scenes campaign against Hagel’s nomination for sometime, lobbying members in both parties to oppose him.

Kirk suffered a stroke last January and spent much of the year recovering. On Jan. 3, 2013, he resumed a regular schedule on Capitol Hill, walking up the Capitol steps with most of his colleagues standing and applauding.

A copy of the “fact sheet” obtained by Buzzfeed is below:

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