(Chicago, IL) — December 11, 2009. Ok, we are in with Alexi Giannoulias for $500.
US Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias is making fund-raising calls today and he reached yours truly, the editor of THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER, on our mobile phone to make a pitch for his candidacy.
Giannoulias, who is making calls from his “prison cell” as he refers to it–and as most candidates refer to the fund-raising cubicles to which they chained and which are the bane of a modern candidate’s existence, is all soft sell.
He carefully and casually–as if he had nothing else to do for the afternoon–outlined his campaign’s political strengths, identifying the range and size of his endorsements, including the Illinois AFL-CIO, Citizen Action, Planned Parenthood, and, earlier today, the Illinois Sierra Club.
After listening to Giannoulias–and considering that his opponents David Hoffman, Cheryle Jackson, Jacob Meister have all gleefully promoted polls that show them losing to Giannoulias–we decided to contribute–he made no ask, we offered–to the Treasurer’s US Senate campaign. We did so because we think he has the best chance to hold on to Barack Obama‘s former senate seat.
In fact, the polling firm Rasmussen Reports–which always seems to have its finger on the scale in behalf of GOP candidates in its polls–has a new poll out today–with Giannoulias leading Republican Mark Kirk, 42% to 39%. That tells you something.
This is not rocket science, campers. Giannoulias can win.
So we are putting my money where our mouth–and blog–are at.
We are also now refusing the answer the phone for the remainder of the afternoon.