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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.

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May 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, 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

…..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

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