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White House affirms support for Giannoulias


WASHINGTON--Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias got a show of support from the Obama White House on Tuesday, with Giannoulias here for a Greek Independence Day reception and a meeting with senior advisor David Axelrod.

At the Tuesday briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the purpose of Giannoulias meeting with White House aides.

"Well, obviously he knows -- he knows David from Chicago. I don't know whether he's going to meet with Patrick while he's here," Gibbs said, a reference to Patrick Gaspard, who handles politics for the White House.

Said Gibbs, "Alexi Giannoulias is the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate and has the support and the backing of the White House."

Giannoulias, the state treasurer and a basketball playing buddy of Obama, is running for Obama's old Senate seat against GOP nominee Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.).

Giannoulias trip to the White House was first disclosed Monday in this blog.



Why do I get the feeling that Obama would support any democrat reagrdless of their lack of qualifications. Alexi is not qualified, and I fear that if Blagoyevich was on the ticket , Obama would support him too.

Isn't he the one who speaks against partisan politics, yet from all of his actions (healthcare reform, Alexi support) it appears that he is no less partisan than any republican or democrat, and actions do speak louder than words.

Although I was an enthusiastic supporter of Obama, I must admit that as time moves forward and I see that his words were merely words, and that he is the same type of administrator that he rallied against during his campaign, I can no longer support him.

I must be honest, I am so disappointed with his support for Alexi. It demonstrates to me that the good old boys club in Washington is unchanged and he does NOT seek honesty and transparency.

Sorry Mr. Obama, you have lost my vote.

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