Alexi thinks this is his big score:
Alexi4Illinois Alexi for Illinois
Stephanopoulos big question:
TKOEd The Opportunity
RT @redostoneage: Holy Crap! Obama even has a negative approval in #Illinois http://bit.ly/bGywgq #ilsen #tcot #tlot #tpp #twisters #sgpAnd still top tweet:Freedomwarrior Bill
AmberMarchand Amber Marchand
You know, Alexi cracks me up. His bank is the recipient of a bailout for $394 million, funded by taxpayers, and he got a hefty $2.7 million tax credit as a result. He wants to go to Washington to raise your taxes.
And he says he's fighting for YOU.
Giannoulias against TARP before he was for it
Tribune editorial board, 10/04/2010
Giannoulias: Well I would’ve pushed hard for some requirements that money get lent out [inaudible] given to wall street banks, that we increase access to capital –
Tribune: The congressman voted for TARP. Would you have voted for TARP as it was presented in the House?
Giannoulias: I would’ve pushed hard, if I had no choice, I think it was a necessary vote to avoid –
Tribune: So we still haven’t heard an answer. There’s no answer.
The Kirk for Senate campaign released the following statement regarding tonight’s Illinois Senate debate:
“Tonight, Mark Kirk showed the people of Illinois why he is the best candidate to create jobs and turn our economy around. While Kirk discussed his vision to tax less, spend less and borrow less, Alexi Giannoulias demonstrated his support for the same Washington tax-and-spend policies we can’t afford, and he refused to take responsibility for his reckless actions with other people’s money including losing millions in the Bright Start college savings.”
Probably? Full Extent? Give Us a Break!
“Giannoulias acknowledged he ‘probably’ met with Giorango on a trip to Miami to inspect property involved in a loan application.”– Associated Press, 10/18/10
“I didn't know the extent of their activity." – Alexi Giannoulias, 10/10/10
During an interview yesterday with the Associated Press, Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said he probably met with convicted mobster Michael “Jaws” Giorango when he visited a Giorango property in Miami a few years ago.
Wouldn’t you remember whether you met with a mobster with known convictions for prostitution promotion, bookmaking and tax violations?
The latest Giannoulias comment comes less than 10 days since the candidate said he “didn’t know the extent” of the criminal activity of the mobsters who received loans from Broadway Bank.
The comment also raises new inconsistencies in Giannoulias’ ever-changing story about his involvement in loans to felons. In April 2006, Giannoulias definitively said that he met with Giorango in Miami: “Giannoulias said he traveled to Miami ‘about a year or two ago’ to inspect property the bank had financed for Giorango and met with him there. Giannoulias declined to provide details of that meeting.”
Key Questions for Alexi Giannoulias
- Why is Alexi Giannoulias suddenly changing his story on whether he met Michael “Jaws” Giorango in Miami?
- When did he go to Miami and when did he return?
- Where did he stay during his visit?
- What did Alexi and “Jaws” talk about?