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Giannoulias says won't be bullied out of Senate race; invokes Obama

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WASHINGTON--In the wake of news that President Obama, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett met with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan at the White House to urge her to run for the Senate--and not for governor--Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias-- issued a statement early Thursday morning saying no "insiders" will push him out of the Senate race he is already in.

"Voters in Illinois are facing the most troubling economic times in decades and they want leaders who will solve problems and fight hard every day against the political insiders who have failed us. When Barack Obama ran for this seat in 2004, he was not the choice of the insiders. He became the choice of the people because of the strength of his ideas and his ideals.

"Illinois has been ill-served by state party leaders who think they know better than voters. Now more than ever, anyone who seeks this seat must convince voters they have the ideas that will get our economy on its feet and put our people back to work, not just prove that they have the political clout to demand a clear field and win appointment."


Below, from Giannoulias Senate campaign...

Statement from State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias regarding U.S. Senate race:

"Voters in Illinois are facing the most troubling economic times in decades and they want leaders who will solve problems and fight hard every day against the political insiders who have failed us. When Barack Obama ran for this seat in 2004, he was not the choice of the insiders. He became the choice of the people because of the strength of his ideas and his ideals.

"Illinois has been ill-served by state party leaders who think they know better than voters. Now more than ever, anyone who seeks this seat must convince voters they have the ideas that will get our economy on its feet and put our people back to work, not just prove that they have the political clout to demand a clear field and win appointment."

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SOUNDS LIKE HE NEEDS TO MAKE A VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE AS WELL, HE SHOOTS HOOP WITH THE PRESIDENT, WHY SAY HE FEELS LIKE HE IS BEING BULLIED TO NOT STAY IN THE RACE! I'M WILLING TO BET YOU THAT LISA MADIGAN SPOKE ALOT LONGER WITH THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM, THAN AT LENGTH WITH THE PRESIDENT, SOUNDS LIKE BURRIS IS REALLY A LAME DUCK, WITH THESE TWO CANDIDATES IN THE RACE!

This whole stuff with kingmaker for Lisa Madigan in Ill., Kirsten Gillibrand in N.Y., Arlen Specter in Pa., etc... isn't Pres. Obama's style. It's more along the lines of our real POTUS, Rahm Emanuel. The man was the DCCC chairman is did the kind of the stuff all the time (it was his job) and he can't give it up now.

Everytime I hear him moan about "missing the family..." I just want to shout at him "Then go! The administration and the country would be better off without you!"

Way to go Sexy Alexi!!!

Stay the heck out of the primary Emanuel. Let the people decide. I'm dedicated to the Democrats - organize, vote and donate - will not be doing any of that for a Madigan. Bad for our party - bad for our state.

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