below, all from the Kirk campaign...... For Giannoulias campaign statements, react and fact check, click here.
Kirk Campaign Statement Regarding Tonight's Debate
The Kirk for Senate campaign released the following statement regarding tonight's Illinois Senate debate:
"Tonight, Mark Kirk showed the people of Illinois why he is the best candidate to create jobs and turn our economy around. While Kirk discussed his vision to tax less, spend less and borrow less, Alexi Giannoulias demonstrated his support for the same Washington tax-and-spend policies we can't afford, and he refused to take responsibility for his reckless actions with other people's money including losing millions in the Bright Start college savings."
Giannoulias against TARP before he was for it
Tribune editorial board, 10/04/2010
Giannoulias: Well I would've pushed hard for some requirements that money get lent out [inaudible] given to wall street banks, that we increase access to capital -
Tribune: The congressman voted for TARP. Would you have voted for TARP as it was presented in the House?
Giannoulias: I would've pushed hard, if I had no choice, I think it was a necessary vote to avoid -
Tribune: So we still haven't heard an answer. There's no answer.
Giannoulias Claim: Alexi Giannoulias claimed that he would not be a rubber stamp for the Democrats in Congress
Fact: According to the Chicago Tribune in an editorial endorsing Mark Kirk: "But neither does [Giannoulias] pretend to be independent of party orthodoxy, from health care regulation to tax hikes to Big Labor's beloved "card check." Ask Giannoulias what federal spending bill of the last two years he would have opposed and, after some painful-to-watch evasion, he cannot name one. Ask him where he most strenuously disagrees with his party's policies and watch his intellectual gears grind as he grasps for anything controversial on which he disagrees at all.
Probably? Full Extent? Give Us a Break!
"Giannoulias acknowledged he 'probably' met with Giorango on a trip to Miami to inspect property involved in a loan application."- Associated Press, 10/18/10
"I didn't know the extent of their activity." - Alexi Giannoulias, 10/10/10
During an interview yesterday with the Associated Press, Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said he probably met with convicted mobster Michael "Jaws" Giorango when he visited a Giorango property in Miami a few years ago.
Wouldn't you remember whether you met with a mobster with known convictions for prostitution promotion, bookmaking and tax violations?
The latest Giannoulias comment comes less than 10 days since the candidate said he "didn't know the extent" of the criminal activity of the mobsters who received loans from Broadway Bank.
The comment also raises new inconsistencies in Giannoulias' ever-changing story about his involvement in loans to felons. In April 2006, Giannoulias definitively said that he met with Giorango in Miami: "Giannoulias said he traveled to Miami 'about a year or two ago' to inspect property the bank had financed for Giorango and met with him there. Giannoulias declined to provide details of that meeting."
Key Questions for Alexi Giannoulias
* Why is Alexi Giannoulias suddenly changing his story on whether he met Michael "Jaws" Giorango in Miami?
* When did he go to Miami and when did he return?
* Where did he stay during his visit?
* What did Alexi and "Jaws" talk about?