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The boomerang from the Blumenthal incident…..Rep. Kirk made up stuff also….

The Dog thought the Blumenthal story was overblown….and obviously the people of Connecticut do also…He’s still 15% above his GOP challenger…

But I posted this just to emphasize that a whole lot of people out there fib a bit….

From both political parties…..

And this guy is running against Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois…..

Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois, said he didn’t win the U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer of the Year award as he earlier claimed but a different award.

Kirk’s official biography on his campaign website had said was named the Intelligence Officer of the Year in 1999 for his service during NATO and U.S. military operations in Kosovo. While speaking in March 2002 on counterterrorism operations during a Congressional hearing, Kirk said he was the “Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year in 1998.” (See the video below.)

Kirk admitted the error in a campaign blog post and changed his biography Thursday to say that he won the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for given to outstanding Naval Intelligence officers.

“It was one of the honors of my life to lead the Intelligence Division Electronic Attack Wing Aviano, Italy — and I am very proud of this award,” he wrote on his campaign blog. “My official biography will reflect this updated information.”

Kirk also posted fitness reports from his service in Kosovo in which a senior officer praised him as “head and shoulders above any other intelligence officer” he had met.

Kirk is running against Illinois treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) to fill the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

[ Giannoulias and Kirk ]

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May 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Alexi Giannoulias pushes back…..

What did you think?

He was going to just give up?

Come On!…This is Chicago politics people!

The Illinois Democrat’s campaign on Monday launched its first general election ad, and the candidate asserts he is “very proud” to have worked for Broadway Bank.

“It’s helped thousands of people achieve the American dream — people who couldn’t go to the big banks,” Giannoulias says of the bank, adding that, “when I left over four years ago, it was in good shape.”

Giannoulias closes by saying: “If a business like my father’s that he started 30 years ago can fail, it’s happening everywhere. People want someone who’s going to fight for them.”

For the Ad……..

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Family, Government, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Daniel….. PUNDIT STUNNER: Charlie Cook moves Ilinnois Senate Race from "Toss-Up" into "Leans Republican" Column……

Hello Folks!

WOW, just WOW again. This is BIG and this was unexpected. At least I didn’t expect it.

The Cook Political Report has shifted President Barack Obama’s old Senate Seat, the Illinois Senate Race which is featuring Kirk vs. Giannoulias from “Toss-Up” into “Leans Republican”

I would have thought that they would move Nevada or Arkansas earlier into the GOP Column BUT this is a REAL BARNBURNER STUNNER this evening.

Even Rothenberg didn’t have the guts to do it.

Here is the Cook writing:

Senior Editor Jennifer Duffy writes: As expected, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seized control Friday of Broadway Bank, the community bank owned by the family of Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias.

The bank’s financial problems and its business relationships with people associated with corruption and organized crime have dogged Giannoulias’ campaign since early February when he became the nominee. Broadway’s failure will have an enormous impact on Giannoulias’ campaign, and it is entirely possible that the fallout could force him from the race. As such, the race is moving from the Toss Up to the Lean Republican column.
http://cookpolitical.com/races/senate/ratings.php

Daniel G.

This from PoliticalWire……

How Does Giannoulias Win?

Michael Scherer: “The Illinois Senate race is playing out like an academic case study in crises management. Imagine this: Your client, a former chief loan officer for a local bank, is a Democrat heading into a Republican election year, in a state long stained by political corruption. Amid enormous public outrage over the damage wrought by bank excess, your client’s bank is seized by the Feds for having overextended itself in the mortgage market. Now figure out how to win the race.”

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Daniel….. PUNDIT STUNNER: Charlie Cook moves Ilinnois Senate Race from “Toss-Up” into “Leans Republican” Column……

Hello Folks!

WOW, just WOW again. This is BIG and this was unexpected. At least I didn’t expect it.

The Cook Political Report has shifted President Barack Obama’s old Senate Seat, the Illinois Senate Race which is featuring Kirk vs. Giannoulias from “Toss-Up” into “Leans Republican”

I would have thought that they would move Nevada or Arkansas earlier into the GOP Column BUT this is a REAL BARNBURNER STUNNER this evening.

Even Rothenberg didn’t have the guts to do it.

Here is the Cook writing:

Senior Editor Jennifer Duffy writes: As expected, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seized control Friday of Broadway Bank, the community bank owned by the family of Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias.

The bank’s financial problems and its business relationships with people associated with corruption and organized crime have dogged Giannoulias’ campaign since early February when he became the nominee. Broadway’s failure will have an enormous impact on Giannoulias’ campaign, and it is entirely possible that the fallout could force him from the race. As such, the race is moving from the Toss Up to the Lean Republican column.
http://cookpolitical.com/races/senate/ratings.php

Daniel G.

This from PoliticalWire……

How Does Giannoulias Win?

Michael Scherer: “The Illinois Senate race is playing out like an academic case study in crises management. Imagine this: Your client, a former chief loan officer for a local bank, is a Democrat heading into a Republican election year, in a state long stained by political corruption. Amid enormous public outrage over the damage wrought by bank excess, your client’s bank is seized by the Feds for having overextended itself in the mortgage market. Now figure out how to win the race.”

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

The White House will not get involved in Obama's old Senate seat…..

The Dog has been preaching here that Obama would help his old basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias gain his old seat..since Roland Burris isn’t going to hang around……

That went out the window this week….

With Giannoulias’s family Bank being closed by the FDIC…..all bets are off…….

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the White House last week that the Democratic nominee for the president's old Senate seat could use some serious presidential intervention.

In addition…..when Dick Durbin…the senior senator from Illinois went to the White House to ask fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel if the President would help…

He got no answer……

Not good……

Daniel’s been itching for more Senate seats……

He might have found one…..

Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

But he didn’t leave with any ironclad commitments.

Durbin told Emanuel that Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias could use some serious presidential intervention in his uphill race against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.

At the moment, the White House seems open to the idea of losing Obama’s old seat rather than putting the president’s prestige on the line for Giannoulias, the brash and boyish Illinois state treasurer — and onetime Obama basketball buddy — whose campaign has been rocked by the financial meltdown of his family’s bank.

Durbin said Emanuel was sympathetic to his pleas but ultimately noncommittal, telling him that the White House was “considering the race, weighing their options and weighing a decision on what to do.”

Emanuel, a former congressman from Chicago, tried but failed last year to get Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan into the race. Now, he told Durbin, it’s up to Giannoulias to prove his campaign has enough “viability and strength” to warrant Obama’s involvement.

The White House declined to comment on Durbin’s conversation with Emanuel. But an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the White House harbors deep concerns that Giannoulias’s campaign will implode if the family business, the financially strapped Broadway Bank, collapses as many analysts anticipate.
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April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 12 Comments

The White House will not get involved in Obama’s old Senate seat…..

The Dog has been preaching here that Obama would help his old basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias gain his old seat..since Roland Burris isn’t going to hang around……

That went out the window this week….

With Giannoulias’s family Bank being closed by the FDIC…..all bets are off…….

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the White House last week that the Democratic nominee for the president's old Senate seat could use some serious presidential intervention.

In addition…..when Dick Durbin…the senior senator from Illinois went to the White House to ask fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel if the President would help…

He got no answer……

Not good……

Daniel’s been itching for more Senate seats……

He might have found one…..

Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

But he didn’t leave with any ironclad commitments.

Durbin told Emanuel that Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias could use some serious presidential intervention in his uphill race against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.

At the moment, the White House seems open to the idea of losing Obama’s old seat rather than putting the president’s prestige on the line for Giannoulias, the brash and boyish Illinois state treasurer — and onetime Obama basketball buddy — whose campaign has been rocked by the financial meltdown of his family’s bank.

Durbin said Emanuel was sympathetic to his pleas but ultimately noncommittal, telling him that the White House was “considering the race, weighing their options and weighing a decision on what to do.”

Emanuel, a former congressman from Chicago, tried but failed last year to get Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan into the race. Now, he told Durbin, it’s up to Giannoulias to prove his campaign has enough “viability and strength” to warrant Obama’s involvement.

The White House declined to comment on Durbin’s conversation with Emanuel. But an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the White House harbors deep concerns that Giannoulias’s campaign will implode if the family business, the financially strapped Broadway Bank, collapses as many analysts anticipate.
More……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 12 Comments

The FDIC takes over Alexi Giannoulias's Family Bank…….

The Current front runner for the President’s old Senate seat Alexi Giannoulis’s family owned Chicago based Broadway Bank is being taken over ……

This from PoliticalWire…..

Giannoulias Family Bank Taken Over by Regulators

The Chicago Tribune reports banking regulators entered the Chicago headquarters of Broadway Bank tonight, “the apparent concluding step in the government’s expected takeover of the family-run lender that helped launched U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ political career.”

The FDIC estimates the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $394.3 million.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

The FDIC takes over Alexi Giannoulias’s Family Bank…….

The Current front runner for the President’s old Senate seat Alexi Giannoulis’s family owned Chicago based Broadway Bank is being taken over ……

This from PoliticalWire…..

Giannoulias Family Bank Taken Over by Regulators

The Chicago Tribune reports banking regulators entered the Chicago headquarters of Broadway Bank tonight, “the apparent concluding step in the government’s expected takeover of the family-run lender that helped launched U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ political career.”

The FDIC estimates the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $394.3 million.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

…..Alexi Giannoulias leads in the Illinois Senate Race?…..

This from PolitcialWire.…..

Giannoulias Poll Gives Him Slight Lead in Illinois

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll in Illinois shows Alexi Giannoulias (D) leading Rep. Mark Kirk (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 45%.

Caveat: The poll was paid for by Giannoulias and differs from several other recent surveys of the race.

This also from the Washington Post’s the Fix…..

A new poll conducted for Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias‘s Senate campaign and obtained by the Fix provides a bit of good news for Senate Democrats, beleaguered by the surprise retirement of Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.) on Monday. In the survey, which was conducted by Michael Bocian of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Giannoulias held a 49 percent to 45 percent edge over Rep. Mark Kirk (R). Those numbers are consistent with surveys conducted in October (Giannoulias 46, Kirk 43) and July (Giannoulias 45, Kirk 40) by the Democrat’s campaign. While the national environment appears to be quickly eroding for President Obama and Democrats, the bottom has not fallen out in Illinois, according to the poll. Nearly six in ten (59 percent) of voters view Obama favorable while 31 percent see him in an unfavorable light. Among independents, a group with whom Democrats have lost considerable ground in the past year, a majority (51 percent) still regard Obama favorably while 35 percent do not. Several caveats are in order. First, any poll conducted for a campaign must be analyzed with some level of skepticism. Second, the Giannoulias poll runs counter to some of the other data that has been released in the contest: Rasmussen showed Kirk ahead 46 percent to 40 percent earlier this month and an internal Kirk poll put his lead at 12 points. The truth of where the race stands probably lies somewhere in the middle with Giannoulias and Kirk running roughly even. How the candidates and campaigns perform then is where the race will be decided. Both sides will take hits — Giannoulias over his ties to his family bank, Kirk over his perceived flip-floppery — on major issues. Whatever candidate can give better than he gets will win.

The Dog agree’s with Chris……

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Giannoulias, Kirk to fight each other for Obama’s Illinois Senate seat….

Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias withstood some late drama and held on to win the Democratic primary for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat on Tuesday.

The 33-year old former Obama basketball buddy led former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman 39-34 with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Robinson Jackson was third with 20 percent. Hoffman has conceded.

Giannoulias will now face Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in the general election, after Kirk easily dispatched developer Patrick Hughes in the GOP primary, 57-19.

……Giannoulias and Kirk………

Not all is well for Giannoulias, though, who faced plenty of questions this past week over his family’s bank. It was reported a week ago that Broadway Bank needs federal and state help to avoid collapse. The bank has also made loans to some unsavory characters, including convicted political fixer Tony Rezko.

It is expected to be a major issue in the general election, when more attention will be paid to the details of the situation and when Giannoulias’s opponent will have more money to drive the issue home.

Democrats may also have to deal with the continuing drama surrounding former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is set to stand trial on corruption charges this summer.

Party operatives have worried privately that Giannoulias wouldn’t be as strong a candidate as they hoped to land in Obama’s blue home state. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) last year tried to recruit state Attorney General Lisa Madigan for the race even after Giannoulias was already a candidate.

Republicans were heartened that Kirk’s support for cap and trade and some other centrist positions didn’t seem to hurt him too badly in the primary. While he appeals to independents in the general election, the GOP will also need him to turn out the base.

Most political analysts consider the race a toss-up. A recent poll for a Democratic firm showed Giannoulias leading Kirk 42-34 in the general election, while most other polling has shown the race neck-and-neck.

And Illinois is a Democratic State most of the time…...which explains the lead by  Giannoulias in the general polls.

The Dog believes that this seat will ultimately stay with the Democrats….


February 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments