Alexi Giannoulias (D CAND, IL-SEN) linked with organized crime. *Again.*
OK, this is a free piece of advice for the Giannoulias campaign: clearly their critical decision path process with regard to accepting assistance needs to be updated. From now on, they need to absolutely make sure that at some point during the process the question By the way: are you associated in any way with organized crime? be asked of potential assistants – and if | Read More »
Democrats Acting Badly Watch: IL-17 AND IL-18!
This cropped up at one of Phil Hare’s events. Some background (you can see the raw video here): Phil Hare was doing his best to ignore his constituents’ rather pointed questions about Hare’s lack of awareness when it came to Constitutional law; eventually Hare fled to an area where said constituents could not follow; they turned to leave; and then a Democrat called one of | Read More »
Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-09) saves Shorebank after all.
Back in May it was reported that the failing, yet politically-connected Shorebank in Illinois was to be bailed out. The bank actually closed last Friday, but was resurrected yesterday and turned into a new bank – one that will of course have no obvious relationship to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), who lobbied very strenuously to save Shorebank… even though it’s not based in her district. | Read More »
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, joel pollak
, maxine waters
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Alexi Giannoulias watching his dirty lobbyist money diet.
He wants only free-range dirty lobbyist money, apparently. None of this factory-grown, federal dirty lobbyist money for him: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias says he’s swearing off campaign contributions from lobbyists, but not all lobbyists. Giannoulias, the state treasurer, promised at the start of his Senate campaign a year ago that he wouldn’t take contributions from corporate lobbyists or political action committees. But that | Read More »
Cedra Crenshaw back on ballot!
Cedra, as you will recall, is a conservative Republican running for the Illinois state Senate who had been thrown off the ballot for being a black conservative Republican a ballot technicality. That has been… resolved, and not in the Democrats’ favor: State Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi has a fight on his hands, and his Democratic bosses have only made it worse. Party leaders brought out the | Read More »
Nobody loves Phil Hare (D, IL-17).
I’d like to note for the record that RedState, like Jim Geraghty, was making encouraging sounds about the Bobby Schilling / Phil Hare race well before the recent (commissioned) poll that shows Schilling leading the incumbent 45/32. Phil Hare, of course, is yet another Democrat who feels entitled to his seat, despite his lack of a knowledge of even the basics of American constitutional theory: | Read More »
PROSECUTORS: Jesse Jackson Jr. knew of Senate seat offer.
Hoo, boy. A supporter of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told the Democratic congressman in 2008 that he would raise $1 million in return for then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich naming Jackson to the U.S. Senate, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. The allegation, made on a busy day at Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, was the first time authorities publicly suggested Jackson was aware of efforts by | Read More »
Alexi Giannoulias (D), call your office.
I understand that the man is desperate to escape to Washington, DC – but the bills are piling up. And I am not being figurative in the slightest: Even by the standards of this deficit-ridden state, Illinois’s comptroller, Daniel W. Hynes, faces an ugly balance sheet. Precisely how ugly becomes clear when he beckons you into his office to examine his daily briefing memo. He | Read More »
Blago subpoenas Giannoulias.
A pleasant beginning to the week, no? First it was President Barack Obama, then White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, now U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is joining the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial subpoena list. Giannoulias is in the middle of a hard fought campaign against Congressman Mark Kirk for the right to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama. So | Read More »
State of the race: Joel Pollak (R CAND, IL-09).
We’ve talked with Joel before: he took the time to speak with us yesterday. Joel’s site is here : he’ll be on Hannity tonight. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Giannoulias staffer sells cameraman. Excuse me, ‘seizes.’
[UPDATE] More from Politico and Big Government. And if you’re ever on the other end of this, the NRSC wants you to remember: don’t be like Alexi Giannoulias’ staffers. No touchies. Alexi Giannoulias (D CAND, IL-SEN) needs to hire a better class of goon. Not so much for the specific details here – interesting how quickly the Left goes vigilante over cameramen, isn’t it? You’d | Read More »
State of the Race: Isaac Hayes (R CAND, IL-02).
You may remember Isaac from CPAC: he’s running in Jesse Jackson, Jr’s district – or, as we like to call Jackson around here, “Senate Candidate #5.” Isaac’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
The ad Alexi Giannoulias (D-CAND, IL-SEN) doesn’t want you to see.
At some time, the Giannoulias campaign may realize that if you can reference your family history to get elected State Treasurer, then your opponents can reference your family history to keep you from being elected Senator: More accurately, the campaign might admit the futility of trying to squash the opposition’s ability to point out that said family relationship involves bad $20 million loans given to | Read More »
SWAT Troops against an Army of Grandmas.
I am given to understand that the video below was the result of local police in Illinois being overruled by the Feds. Whether true or not, this is still so pathetic that it just makes me kind of sad: You know, I remember a day when we had a President who wasn’t fundamentally afraid of the American people, and so do you. Picture of vicious | Read More »
Obama gives Giannoulias the Rochester treatment.
Which is to say, Obama’s locking Alexi Giannoulias* (D CAND, IL-SEN) in the attic and pretending that he doesn’t exist: Giannoulias will not make trip to Quincy to see Obama From chicagotribune.com: Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Giannoulias’ campaign chairman, expressed concerns over a lack of White House commitment to the candidate to Washington-based Politico after a recent meeting with President Barack Obama’s chief of | Read More »
Alexi Giannoulias pouting about the Broadway Bank thing.
A couple observations about embattled Senatorial candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ (D CAND, IL-SEN) recent bitter comment: “Just about every sentence that Congressman Kirk utters these days is a noun, a verb and Broadway Bank,” Giannoulias complained to the City Club of Chicago, Three, in fact: Dude. Ripping off Joe Biden*? What are you going to do next, ask a paralyzed man to stand up and take | Read More »
Blagojevich & Obama.
(Via Instapundit) John Kass has a thoroughly entertaining article up on the way that former Governor Blagojevich is doing his level best to drag President Obama into the equally thoroughly entertaining drama that is former Governor Blagojevich’s corruption trial. To summarize: the government is using Tony Rezko to go after Blagojevich; Blagojevich needs to taint Rezko’s testimony; so Blagojevich wants Obama to testify about Rezko. | Read More »
Scott Lee Cohen bringing a knife to the IL-GOV race?
What’s odd is the reaction to this: Gov. Pat Quinn said he’s ready to take on Scott Lee Cohen in the general election if the embattled Chicago pawnbroker publicly announces he’s making an independent run for the state’s highest office. “When all is said and done, there will be a robust contest of ideas,” Quinn said. I mean, you would think that the normal reaction | Read More »
Meet Bobby Schilling (R CAND, IL-17).
He’s running against Phil Hare; yes, Hare’s the guy that can’t tell the Constitution from the Declaration of Independence. Interestingly, Bobby reported in the interview that apparently this isn’t the first time that Hare’s done this. It’s always sad when our elected officials start treating their seats as rights, not privileges… Bobby’s website is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Adam Kinzinger (R CAND, IL-11) up in two polls.
This Hill article is not quite accurate: If this is any indication of where the healthcare debate has left Democrats, they could be in trouble. Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) trails her reelection race by six points in the first public House poll conducted after the healthcare debate. The Public Opinion Strategies (R) poll for Iraq veteran Adam Kinzinger (R), which is set to be released | Read More »