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Illinois GOP hits Giannoulias for ducking on Illinois Guantanamo

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Why is Alexi Giannoulias Dodging the Thomson Issue?

Democrat Senate candidate "declines to take a position on the issue" on Saturday, "skips the debate" on Sunday;

IL GOP Chair: "Alexi's silence is deafening."

CHICAGO - Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady today called on Democrat Alexi Giannoulias to end his silence on the biggest homeland security question to face the State of Illinois since September 11th.

While Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin and every other Democrat running for U.S. Senate says they support a plan to bring roughly 200 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Thomson, Illinois, Giannoulias refuses to take a position.

On Sunday morning, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that while Democrats Cheryle Jackson, Jacob Meister and David Hoffman all supported the plan, "other prominent Democrats, including Alexi Giannoulias, who is running for Senate...declined to take a stance on the issue."

Last night, the Associated Press reported that the three Senate candidates reiterated their support at a candidate forum in Rockford, but "Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, skipped the debate."

"If Alexi Giannoulias cannot take a stand on a critical homeland security issue, he is not ready to be a U.S. Senator," Chairman Brady said. "While Congressman Kirk leads the effort to defend the security of Illinois families and all other Democrats in the race state their position, Alexi Giannoulias declined to take a stance. Alexi's silence is deafening."
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Looks like Obama's basketball buddy is good at voting "present."

Birds of a feather, Illinois voters.

Let's not repeat the Obama mistake.

Good for Giannoulias, not bowing to pressure to rubber stamp these dangerous prisoners into our communities. Perhaps Giannoulias is taking time for due diligence on this issue, unlike Durbin and his wannabe colleagues now clamoring for votes. It’s been 8 years, and suddenly Durbin is in such a hurry.

Good for Giannoulias, for what? @DM: You can't assume he is taking his taking time for due diligence on the issue. He just doesn't seem to have an opinion for now -- or, is waiting to see which way the wind blows. That isn't leadership. And nothing he should get a pat on the back for. I'm not sure why he needs to move onto the Senate seat when he hasn't put in his time at the Treasury yet. A great help he's been there.

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