Going against Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth politically can be hard. Duckworth has a lot on her resume that makes her a powerful 21st American candidate. She’s a decorated Iraq veteran who lost use of both her legs serving in the military. She’s also a woman of multicultural heritage who on her father’s side traces her heritage back deep into American history, claiming relatives who fought in the Revolutionary War. It was that heritage that her debate opponent, Sen. Mark Kirk, smirked at with this statement:
“I forgot your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”
Duckworth, who was born in Thailand, apparently decided it was beneath her dignity to respond to Kirk’s remark. The debate moved on to the next question. Duckworth’s father, whose lineage traces back to early American history, was Franklin G. Duckworth, a U.S. Army Captain buried at Arlington National Cemetary.