Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias split with Senate majority leader Harry Reid and the majority of Americans in favor of Barack Obama's position on the proposed Ground Zero mosque.
The Illinois Senate race has taken on a new meaning: It's no longer just a regular election -- it's also a specialelection. What this means is, there will be two elections on the same ballot for the same Senate seat, but for different terms.
A few weeks ago, Alexi Giannoulias’s Illinois Senate campaign claimed, “Every proposal outlined by Alexi includes a counter-part offset to ensure that it is deficit neutral.” But a closer examination of Giannoulias’s economic plan reveals it would increase America’s debt by more than $200 billion.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Alexi Giannoulias and money are a bad combination.
The president is holding a fundraiser for Democratic Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias today in Chicago. A reader passes along this photograph of the protesters, welcoming Barack Obama and "mob banker" Giannoulias:
President Obama was believed to be avoiding Alexi Giannoulias. Why? Well, Giannoulias, who is vying for Obama's old Illinois Senate seat and is a former basketball buddy of the president, has become something of a political toxin.
The Chicago Tribune ran a positively earth-shaking expose on the front page today, proving that Illinois Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk does not perfectly recall events that happened over three decades ago.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, we find out that Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias has been hiding out in Canada, raising money from trial lawyers:
The Giannoulias Democratic Illinois Senate campaign confirmed Monday--after prodding from the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee--that Alexi Giannoulias was in Canada on Sunday attending a fund-raiser at a trial lawyer convention in Vancouver that would benefit his Senate campaign.
First there was the dishonesty about his failed banking experience, then exaggerations about charitable work at the AG Foundation and now we learn his claim to membership on the board of the Community Bankers Association is not true. Alexi Giannoulias' already-limited resume has suddenly gotten a lot shorter. This is just another example of Alexi’s pattern of deception. He wasn’t honest about his resume, he wasn’t honest about the loans he made to organized crime figures and he wasn’t honest about the $150 million he lost in Bright Start college savings. Illinois voters cannot trust Alexi Giannoulias.
Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported that Illinois Democrat Alexi Giannoulias had embellished his record. Giannoulias claimed on his official website – he is currently the state treasurer of Illinois – to be the founder and chair of the AG Foundation.
“I don't know why he feels the need to embellish the record and not tell the truth,” Alexi Giannoulias recently said of his opponent Mark Kirk. But now it would be fitting for Giannoulias to ask himself the same question he posed to his opponent, both of whom are vying for the Illinois Senate seat now held by Roland Burris.