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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 ]

More……..

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.
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 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

Daniel…..Illinois Senate: RAS confirms PPP Poll from earlier this week; Kirk is leading Giannoulias by 4 Points…..

Hello Dog!

A new Rasmussen Reports Survey confirms the earlier Survey this week from Public Policy Polling (PPP). U. S. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL) has taken the lead from State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D-IL)

Rasmussen Survey

Illinois Senate

General Election



United States Representative Mark Steven Kirk (R)  41 %
State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D)  37 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  13 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.kirkforsenate.com/
http://www.alexiforillinois.com/

Notes: Job Approvals were posted in the IL Governor Post yesterday. PPP had Kirk up 37-33.

Analysis:

It’s all going downhill for Democrats now. The Health Bill was the Final “Nail in the Coffin” see Stupak’s Retirement Announcement.

Daniel G.

Daniel….We can live with a 3% deficit in the senate race…that’s within the MOE…as long as Alexi is ahead or close..that’s fine……

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Evening Update from Daniel……

Hello Dog!

Here is what was in the News today:

Another Retirement?

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI 1) who brought the Final Health Care Votes onboard is apparently considering retiring this year.

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/04/stupaks-office-doesnt-rule-out.html

The Filling Deadline in the Wolverine State is May 11th.

Arizona Senate

Democrats finally managed to get a Candidate into the Senate Race to either face McCain or Hayworth in November.

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/04/glassman-makes-ariz-senate-run.html

Illinois Senate

Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) posts 2,2 Mio. $ in the first Fundraising Quarter.

Daniel G.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Mark Kirk a Republican ..is running for Obama's old Senate seat..and has vowed to try to repeal the Healthcare Bill…..

Hell of way to run, huh?

In a democratic town…behind in the polls…..

Pledging to try to undo something that will help thousands of people in his state……

Representative Mark Steven Kirk, the Illinois Republican who is hoping to win Barack Obama’s former seat in the United States Senate, has told supporters he intends to “lead the effort” to repeal President Obama’s health care legislation if it passes.

A pledge to repeal Mr. Obama’s top domestic priority by the person who takes his seat is akin to the recent political reversal in Massachusetts, where Scott Brown, the new Republican senator, opposes the health care overhaul long sought by the person he replaced, Edward M. Kennedy.

Mr. Kirk and his Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, are roughly even in the polls. Their race has taken on outsize importance because it is for Mr. Obama’s old seat.

Mr. Kirk was speaking to supporters on Friday in Winnetka, where he said the Republicans were “on the way to making this guy a one-termer,” a reference to Mr. Obama. He also said, “As your senator, I would lead the effort to repeal” a health care bill.

A tape of the comments was made available to the Giannoulias campaign by someone who attended the event, which was closed to the news media.

Mr. Giannoulias has demanded an apology from Mr. Kirk for his remarks about the president and is trying to leverage them to raise money. In a statement, Mr. Giannoulias said he was disappointed in Mr. Kirk’s “disrespectful remarks referring to our commander in chief as ‘this guy’ and gleefully admitting he is working with Republicans to obstruct meaningful reform.”

The Kirk campaign did not apologize and instead tried to shift the focus to Mr. Giannoulias and the troubled family bank for which he once worked, saying he needed to answer questions regarding a $1.2 million loan he had made to a campaign supporter who was arrested last week on bank fraud charges.

As for Mr. Kirk’s comments about leading a repeal of health care, Eric Elk, a spokesman for Mr. Kirk, said those comments “reflect the concerns of many Americans that the current health care bill would chart an unsustainable fiscal course for our country resulting in higher debt, more taxes and fewer jobs.”


March 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 7 Comments

Mark Kirk a Republican ..is running for Obama’s old Senate seat..and has vowed to try to repeal the Healthcare Bill…..

Hell of way to run, huh?

In a democratic town…behind in the polls…..

Pledging to try to undo something that will help thousands of people in his state……

Representative Mark Steven Kirk, the Illinois Republican who is hoping to win Barack Obama’s former seat in the United States Senate, has told supporters he intends to “lead the effort” to repeal President Obama’s health care legislation if it passes.

A pledge to repeal Mr. Obama’s top domestic priority by the person who takes his seat is akin to the recent political reversal in Massachusetts, where Scott Brown, the new Republican senator, opposes the health care overhaul long sought by the person he replaced, Edward M. Kennedy.

Mr. Kirk and his Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, are roughly even in the polls. Their race has taken on outsize importance because it is for Mr. Obama’s old seat.

Mr. Kirk was speaking to supporters on Friday in Winnetka, where he said the Republicans were “on the way to making this guy a one-termer,” a reference to Mr. Obama. He also said, “As your senator, I would lead the effort to repeal” a health care bill.

A tape of the comments was made available to the Giannoulias campaign by someone who attended the event, which was closed to the news media.

Mr. Giannoulias has demanded an apology from Mr. Kirk for his remarks about the president and is trying to leverage them to raise money. In a statement, Mr. Giannoulias said he was disappointed in Mr. Kirk’s “disrespectful remarks referring to our commander in chief as ‘this guy’ and gleefully admitting he is working with Republicans to obstruct meaningful reform.”

The Kirk campaign did not apologize and instead tried to shift the focus to Mr. Giannoulias and the troubled family bank for which he once worked, saying he needed to answer questions regarding a $1.2 million loan he had made to a campaign supporter who was arrested last week on bank fraud charges.

As for Mr. Kirk’s comments about leading a repeal of health care, Eric Elk, a spokesman for Mr. Kirk, said those comments “reflect the concerns of many Americans that the current health care bill would chart an unsustainable fiscal course for our country resulting in higher debt, more taxes and fewer jobs.”


March 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 7 Comments