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Giannoulias, Schakowsky press conference to support Kagan. Kirk speaks at City Club of Chicago lunch


WASHINGTON--Democratic Illinois Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias, with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is one of the first November contenders to make support of President Obama soon to be nominated Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan an issue. On Monday morning, just after Obama officially taps Kagan--a former University of Chicago Law School professor--Giannoulias and Schakowsky will bolster her nomination during a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Chicago.

Kagan will be the third woman and third Jew to sit on the current court. GOP Senate nominee Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) is looking for support from the Jewish and abortion rights communities. The Giannoulias-Schakowsky presser comes just before Kirk delivers a major speech at the City Club of Chicago at Maggiano's 111 W. Grand in Chicago. While Kirk may lay out his case against Giannoulias--and for himself--in the speech, it will be interesting to see if he will take an early stand on Kagan--and perhaps anger his GOP base--play it out--or be supportive. Kagan is expected at this point to get some cross-over GOP confirmation votes in the Senate.


Elena Kagan is a strong pick for the Supreme Court and will be a strong advocate for the issues important to the community. The court has been tilting too far to the right in recent years and I know that Giannoulias would stand up and strongly support like minded nominees that will bring balance to the court as he is doing as a canidate for Elana Kagen. Kirk on the other hand would only continue to be a rubber stamp for the GOP in the Senate and obstruct such nominations.

Excuse me Chi Town Brown......while I do agree with you, it appears that Elena Kagan is an excellent choice on first review.....don't you want a Senator do delve further into her background to learn more about her before coming out publicly unequivocally supporting her? I know I do.

It appears that Giannoulias is the rubber stamp that you fear. His actions of immediately supporting her before the committee hearings demonstrates that he is nothing more than a rubber stamp. Maybe thats what happened at Broadway Bank and the Bright Start program.......FAILURE to delvefurther and learn more before he committed to them.

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