BY ABDON M. PALLASCH
Chicago Sun-Times Political Reporter
The second part of Rep. Mark Kirk's one-two punch on overcoming the embarrassment of misstating his military record is a TV ad campaign that starts today.
One ad, "Risky," slams his Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, for approving loans to mobsters when he was senior loan officer at his family bank and for losing $73 million in college savings funds at state treasurer.
Another, "Stand," portrays Kirk as a more committed environmentalist than Giannoulias because Kirk spoke out against BP's plan to discharge more into Lake Michigan while Giannoulias has a top aide who worked as a lobbyist for BP.
Environmental groups The Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, both have endorsed Giannoulias in this race, saying Kirk exaggerated his role in stopping BP's proposal to dump more discharge into Lake Michigan.
The new ad buy starts on broadcast television in the Chicago area today and cable television Thursday.
Kirk is trying to change the conversation after weeks of questions about misstatements he made about his military record. He held a news conference Tuesday at which he apologized for the misstatements and said he was scheduling a series of speeches about his issue positions in the weeks to come.