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If Alexi Giannoulias is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Democrats will lose Barack Obama’s Senate seat in 2010.

Adding to the list of his Bright Start cover-up, loans to Tony Rezko and other misleading statements, Alexi Giannoulias just added another pound of baggage to his heavy load.

Today, Jan 26th, Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that Regulators have clamped down on Giannoulias’ Broadway Bank.  According to recent polls, Giannoulias, is the frontrunner with David Hoffman gaining ground rapidly and 27% of the electorate undecided.

First let me underscore that this is President Obama’s former senate seat and we know that Republicans will spend 10-15 million trying to win it back with a formidable opponent in Republican Mark Kirk.

The frontrunner/party insider in the race is Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois Treasurer and baggage-laden banker.  Democrat David Hoffman brings the strongest resume and organization to the table of any other candidate in this race.  Cheryle Jackson, Jacob Meister and Bob Marshall are all on the ballot, but Hoffman and Giannoulias are the only two running statewide campaigns.

Hoffman has received glowing endorsements from all of Illinois’ leading newspapers.  Every endorsement highlights his willingness to challenge a broken political system and his solid record of fighting corruption in Chicago.

Here are some excerpts from the Chicago Tribune’s endorsement.

Independent and incorruptible: Hoffman for the Democrats

Hoffman is what Illinoisans deserve -- and should expect -- in a United States senator. He's an incorruptible man who tells truth to power, and his commitment to open and honest government is unquestioned.

We've seen Hoffman listen in the dark of night to the frustration of impoverished minority families victimized by street violence. As local head of a U.S. Department of Justice effort called Project Safe Neighborhoods, he met with large groups of paroled gang members, on their turf, to explain how any future gun crimes would land them in federal prisons ... for 15 years.

More recently we watched Hoffman expose the lousy deal Chicago taxpayers received from City Hall's long-term lease of their parking meters. And we recall his 2008 inspector general's report documenting $20 million squandered annually on underworked City of Chicago garbage crews: "(D)uring the entire 10 weeks of observations, the investigators did not see a single laborer doing a full day's work."

David Hoffman is running a contrasting commercial on television right now.

This Democratic Primary election is February 2nd – six days away.  This is not rocket science – if you want to prevent another Massachusetts, please volunteer to make phone calls for David Hoffman and send money to give his advertising campaign a boost in the final stretch.

Democrats who are serious about politics should see the writing on the wall in today’s regulatory move by the FDIC.  From the Crains story:

Broadway Bank, the troubled Chicago lender owned by the family of Illinois Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, has entered into a consent order with banking regulators requiring it to raise tens of millions in capital, stop paying dividends to the family without regulatory approval, and hire an outside party to evaluate the bank’s senior management.

The Jan. 26 consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Illinois Division of Banking comes less than a week before Mr. Giannoulias — Broadway’s chief lender and then vice-president from 2002 to 2006 — must face voters in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.

The Giannoulias’ family scalped about $70 million in dividends in 2007 and 2008 before the bank started to sink.  Is Alexi going to give part of his profits back to save the family bank or is he going to continue to dodge these questions on the campaign trail against $14 million in Republican attack money next fall?

Voters will be faced with Hoffman’s outstanding record vs. Alexi’s problems in the banking business... hmmmm tough choice.  And we have not even begun to talk about Bright Start.

I hope the KOS community is smart enough to join in this fight to elect a reformer, David Hoffman.  Join in the discussion about issues - I get all of his e-mails and have been following the campaign closely.

Originally posted to jennifromthebloc on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:16 PM PST.


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  •  Alexi blogs here and georgia10 is a staffer. (6+ / 0-)

    Let's see her shoot this down.

    Impeach Obama- some dkos clown (Jan 05, 2010)

    by soms on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:18:35 PM PST

    •  Hard to refute the facts - Broadway Bank is in (2+ / 0-)
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      rcnewton, Hoffman For Illinois

      trouble and Alexi played up his role there when he ran for 2006.  The fact that the Bright Start savings program lost $150M on his watch is simply hard to refute.

      These are facts.

      •  Ran for Treasurer in 2006 (1+ / 0-)
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        I was at several Democratic Party meetings when he was talking about his role as a senior loan officer or something.

      •  If you support Hoffman fine... but don't (8+ / 0-)

        do the GOPs job for them.

        The Broadway Bank stuff you reference happened AFTER Giannoulias left.

        The Bright Start thing was caused by the investment firm, which THEY admitted, and not only did it affect several other states (not just Illinois) but Giannoulias was one of the first to call them out on it AND he negotiated a deal to recoup the losses.

        ...I'm not saying the GOP won't try to muddy the waters and throw as much slime as you just did, but don't Mark Kirk's job for him.

        •  Good question... (4+ / 0-)
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          twalk, PatriciaVa, rcnewton, CoyoteMarti

          I hear lots of Democrats say this, but I just think that we have to be adults about this.

          If Hoffman or Dem leaders don't call Alexi out for what he is, the Republicans will and it will be too late.

          I think it is very interesting that the FDIC - links to Obama - are clamping down on Broadway just days before the election.  You would think that someone in the whitehouse is serious about keeping this seat blue.  

          The FDIC would:

          hire an outside party to evaluate the bank’s senior management.

          I'm guessing that somewhere in those records is some damning evidence - loans to Rezko - while AG was there!

          •  Three points (2+ / 0-)
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            TomP, soms
            1. There were loans to reputed mob figures while Giannoulias was at the bank but he had nothing to do with them and (clearly) successfully answered those questions in 2006.
            1. Just because Obama is president doesn't mean he's going to pull a W and politicize Federal agencies. Let the FDIC do its job.
            1. The people complaining about so-called "major" baggage are supporting other candidates for next Tuesday's primary, including apparently yourself.

            PS - I'm leaning toward Hoffman too, but these sorts of half-truths, innuendo and baloney are uncalled for.

            •  Factcheck of Hoffman's misleading, false ad (2+ / 0-)
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              musing85, sardonyx

              is here. We don't need Democrats who play fast and loose with the facts like Republicans.

              What the ad says:

              "(Giannoulias) was chief loan officer when his family's bank gave a million dollars to Blagojevich crony and convicted felon Tony Rezko, then let Rezko bounce a half million in checks."

              What else you should know:

              The loan was taken out by Rezko before any of his legal troubles. Giannoulias has said Rezko was never a campaign donor or fundraiser for him.

              The details of the check bouncing came to light from a lawsuit filed by Las Vegas casinos against Rezko during his corruption trial. The complaint alleged the checks were drawn on Rezko's account at the Giannoulias bank, but there was no allegation the treasurer "let" Rezko bounce the checks.

              Giannoulias no longer holds a position at his family's Chicago bank.

              A Senator to speak for us. Visit to learn more.

              by Alexi for Illinois on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:27:43 PM PST

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      •  Been absent from the bank since 2004 (1+ / 0-)
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        Alexi for Illinois

        the INVESTMENT COMPANY lost the money and Alexi GOT IT BACK

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

        by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:09:31 PM PST

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  •  Step One (19+ / 0-)

    stop calling it Barack Obama's Senate seat. It isn't. A small part of what went wrong in MA people kept calling it Ted Kennedy's seat.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:20:13 PM PST

  •  I Have To Admit As An Illinois Resident (7+ / 0-)
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    5x5, HCKAD, geez53, soms, BFSkinner, Jonze, anodnhajo

    I still don't know how I am going to vote.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:21:36 PM PST

  •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

    I was just trying to say that the Republicans will see it as "targeting Obama's seat."

    Agree that this seat belongs to the people of Illinois.

  •  Nice attitude. (1+ / 0-)
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    "What is great in Man is that he is a bridge and not an end." - Friedrich Nietzsche

    by Troubadour on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:22:56 PM PST

  •  The biggest reason that she lost is the party (1+ / 0-)
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    establishment is crooked up there.  Their were 3 democrat speakers that was kicked out because of corruption.  They have a real super majority up there, for almost 25 years it has been about 80% democratic at the state level!  
    That was, of course, missed by the national media!  SIGH!@  

  •  Really (8+ / 0-)

    Your first diary and it is an attack piece on Giannoulias. Funny thing. There have been so many first time posters that pass off the same attacks that has served as the basis for the Hoffman campaign.

    I know one thing. I am not enthralled by Giannoulias, but I am disgusted at Hoffman. This is tiresome.

    Please help the people of Haiti

    by DWG on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:24:21 PM PST

    •  Yes, it is quite amusing (0+ / 0-)

      that so many "supporters" of Hoffman are newly-registered users whose only interactions on this site are to slam Alexi.

      It's politics, and with their candidate behind in the polls, it's understandable.  It's unfortunate, but understandable.

      A Senator to speak for us. Visit to learn more.

      by Alexi for Illinois on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:22:56 PM PST

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    •  Doesn't apply to someone (0+ / 0-)

      who's been a member for two-and-a-half years. Nice try, member for three-and-a-half years.

      While I'm supporting Giannoulias (from a distance, admittedly; I'm in Massachusetts), tarring an established member with the "joined to make trouble" crowd doesn't fly.

      © sardonyx; all rights reserved

      by sardonyx on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 04:00:59 PM PST

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  •  Well, as an Illinois resident I am neither voting (4+ / 0-)
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    for Hoffman nor Giannoulias and your diary shows one of the main reasons I came to the oonclusion.

  •  Hoffman is a bad debater. (2+ / 0-)
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    soms, Voodoo king

    Giannoulias is more charismatic, and the better public speaker and debater.  That's all that matters anymore.  Kirk will run on his resume, his whole campaign will center around "Talking the Talk vs walking the walk".  He couldn't do that with Hoffman.  

    Hoffman was pretty brutal in the last debate, spitting out obviously canned talking points.  Cheryle Jackson was actually the best of the bunch as she seemed the most "real" with her answers.  

    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:24:55 PM PST

  •  Who do you trust? (3+ / 0-)

    Please look at the records of the candidates and make a choice. David Hoffman has the integrity, maturity, and independence to fight for the people in Illinois in Washington. It comes down to this: who do you trust?

  •  Is the Rezko trial beginning in the Spring? (1+ / 0-)
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    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:27:51 PM PST

  •  Hey remember how John Edwards polled high (2+ / 0-)
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    on Daily Kos early in 2008 race.  We love shiny new photogenic candidates who have slick liberal positions.  

    Alexi is toast against Mark Kirk.  And Mark Kirk is strong against any Democrat - he is a centrist pandering Republican who has no money scandlas and who has had long public service in the military, as a Congressional staffer and as a Congressman.  I voted for Hoffman in the hope that he has fewer vulnerbabilities and greater credibility than Alexi.

    Somehow Democrats bought into the blue state red state thing.  Illinois a dozen years ago was at the state level a completly red state.  The state turned blue in part because of Republican Gov. Ryan's prosecution (nothing like corruption that literally fueled the fiery death of a family of kids);  this time around we not only have a Democratic governor facing the feds but a super clown ex governor doing so.

    •  We need to look at the resumes (3+ / 0-)

      and go beyond skin deep.

    •  I refer you to (1+ / 0-)
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      this comment, which applies equally well to the fertilizer you've just dumped here.

      Illinois was a "completly [sic] red state" a dozen years ago only if you completely ignore Chicago and the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, which far outweighs the rest of the state in terms of population. Yes, twelve years ago we had a Republican governor (Jim Edgar) and lieutenant governor (Bob Kustra--anybody remember him?). The constitutional officers were all Republicans. The Illinois Senate was controlled by Republicans. The General Assembly, however, was firmly in Democratic hands. And no, the state didn't go blue when Ryan was prosecuted. The Republicans started losing constitutional offices in the very next year (1999), to the point that they now hold a grand total of none of them. The Republican Party in Illinois has been in disarray more or less since its disastrous decision to bring in the carpetbagging Alan Keyes to run against Barack Obama for the Senate seat that Roland Burris will soon be vacating, to everyone's relief.

      •  I appreciate your clarification of the history (0+ / 0-)

        but it still supports the observation that Illinois is not a clear cut blue state and that the complacency there was in 2008 about Roland Burris being cleanly replaced by a Democrat is not warranted.  Mark Kirk is a strong candidate and just becuase the Republicans have been in disarray in Illinois does not mean they will remain so particularly in light of the disarray among Democrats and the abysmal record of Demcoratic government in Springfield.

        Alexi is a one off Robert Redford type vanity candidate.  He truly has no record of being committed to public service and his prominence is due to three things - his family's political contributions, his basketball buddy palling with Obaam when he ran for Treasurer and his youth and good looks.

        And Illinois Democrats will continue to take a pounding as the Tribune continues its quest for relevance as a newspaper by investigating the sleaziness and corruption that underlies almost all Illinois politics.  After all the Illinois House is not Demcoratically controlled - it is Madigan controlled.

        While in Cook County we may be encouraged by a win by Preckwinkle Illinois is in many cases the place where reformers go to get coopted.  For example, liberal independent Mike Quigley has gone the centrist Emanuel route on the big issues. And Jan Shakowsky while personally fantastic is really an outlier.  On the Senate side has anyone seen a Senate whip as ineffective as Dick Durbin?  He seems to apologize for what he says most of the time when he is not carrying water for Harry Reid and the other cowering senators who helped torpedo the Obama presidency (though Obama having not made the transition from academic and community organizer to executive power has certainly been a cause of the malaise as well).

        •  Like most states in the Union, exactly as (0+ / 0-)

          President Obama described them in his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Illinois is basically purple. This is significant how, exactly?

          Alexi Giannoulias has done a decent job as treasurer. The fact that the Chicago Tribune does not like him is hardly a surprise, considering that the Trib doesn't like almost anyone with a D after his name instead of an R. There were widespread tongue-not-exactly-in-cheek predictions in Illinois that the Apocalypse was nigh when they endorsed Obama for president in 2008--the first and only time that paper has EVER endorsed a Democratic candidate for the presidency in more than a century. I'm sure Colonel McCormick is still whirling in his grave over that choice.

          Mark Kirk is not the seismic force you want to make him out to be. Yes, he's a Republican. However, like McCain, he's mavericky. That is unlikely to sit well with the teabag-influenced drones that currently make up the Republican base. And while it's ludicrous and nobody with an ounce of brains believes it, one of Kirk's primary opponents has been spending almost all of his time trying to insinuate that Kirk is gay. Again, given that the folks who make up the Republican base these days are several sandwiches short of a picnic, that's the kind of allegation that is likely to hurt him in November.

          But suppose Kirk does win the seat this fall. So what? I doubt he'll keep it any longer than Peter Fitzgerald did (one term). The last Republicans to win seats in the Senate from Illinois other than Fitzgerald? Chuck Percy (1967-1985), who lost to Paul Simon, God be good to him, and Everett Dirksen (1951-1969), not counting Dirksen's seat-warmer, Ralph Smith, who promptly lost to Adlai Stevenson (despite "help" from Karl Rove, who was "volunteered" for Smith's campaign by the Utah College Republicans) in 1970.

          •  thanks for the history (0+ / 0-)

            and the other side of the history is that on the Democratic side the current wave of ineffectiveness and corruption also comes with a huge amount of precedent.  What a screwed up state?

            The one new thing in all of this is that on the Democratic side, Illinois is becoming dominated by hereditary nobility - think Madigan 2, Hynes 2, Stroeger 2, Blago the son in law, Lipinski 2 and Alexi kind of fills that roll.  The third base silver spoon analogy Gov Richards used for Bush I could apply here.  The whole point of our country was that we decided there was no genetic "leadership" gene.

            In short Illinois is purple, the Republicans may actually be rebuilding (despite the teabaggging pederasty-spewing crap that Kirk has had to deal with) while the Democrats are in complacency, ineffectual mode with the enfants d'oree running the place.

            No a pretty picture if you wanted to hang your hat on the Democratic party for true progressive policies and clean government.  

  •  Tired of this Non-Sense (4+ / 0-)

    I am sick of hearing about stories like this, but it's not David Hoffman's fault. It's the voters fault for not taking a really good look at these candidates records.  

    It's entirely possible that Alexi Giannoulias will cruise and win this nomination based simply on "having been a politician" for longer.

    Mark Kirk will crush him.

    Let's be adults about this and take an honest look, first at ourselves and then at these candidates.

    Hoffman is our only choice - and he's a pretty good one at that.

    I will be voting for David Hoffman on Feb 2.  I hope you'll join me.

    •  People Don't Recall How Obama Got His Senate (1+ / 0-)
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      seat. The divorce papers of the guy he was running against were made public and it was noted his wife, the famous actresses Jeri Ryan, forced her to go to group sex clubs. He dropped out and Alan Keyes ran against him. If that had not happened Obama, well not many folks here would have ever heard his name.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:36:23 PM PST

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      •  Actually, Obama was dominating Ryan (3+ / 0-)
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        Viceroy, Albatross, soms

        before the group sex club scandal broke.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:47:58 PM PST

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        •  Yep. And a GOP primary opponent did it first. (3+ / 0-)
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          People also forget that it was an opposing GOP campaign in the PRIMARY who first jumped up and down about Ryan's divorce papers.

          Obama's team picked up that baton after the primary, but it was John Borling's campaign manager who first made waves about it. Borling fired the guy for going behind his back about it but he was the one who got the ball rolling.

          •  Look, Crains broke this story (0+ / 0-)

            Maybe you are suggesting a conspiracy, but I don't delve in conspiracy politics much.

            I can't believe you would prefer to burry your head in the sand and talk about this after Senator Mark Kirk is elected.

            •  Talk about what?! The Ryans' divorce?! (1+ / 0-)
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              ...maybe you're responding to a different thread?

              And it's no conspiracy theory that Mark Kirk has the Chicago media wrapped around his pinky. Heck his Senate campaign spokeswoman is Susan Kuczka.

              Kuczka is a former Tribune reporter who just so happened to constantly write stories fawning over Kirk. She once even rewrote a story to include completely superfluous anti-Seals quotes (from Kirk supporters presented in her story as innocent John Q. Public bystanders) after the fact.

              Kuczka was laid off by the Trib last year but clearly managed to land on her feet.

              Whoever the Dem nominee is will be facing a firestorm of planted press stories, innuendo and just plain made-up bullcrap ... don't think Hoffman will get a free pass just because he isn't Giannoulias.

              •  It does help when... (0+ / 0-)

                You haven't botched the management of kid's college savings, Made loans to russian mobsters, overseen a lending program that leads to the demise of your family's well connected clouted bank, personally made loans to Tony Rezko... and THAT'S YOUR WHOLE CAREER.

                The Republicans will torch Alexi with 15 million dollars of effective negative TV and a flame thrower.

                They can't say those things about Hoffman.  It's not a free pass, but it's a lot better than where Alexi would start.

                Come on guys - this is pretty obvious isn't it???

  •  Kirk has been harping about corruption (1+ / 0-)
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    for months and months.  AG will go down, and we will lose the seat...for better reasons than Coakley lost hers.

    •  He's also been flip-flopping for months & months (4+ / 0-)
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      sardonyx, TomP, soms, sulthernao

      But what's a little fair-weather independenteabaggeryconservalibermoderatism among friends?

      The guy's a chameleon and his beloved press actually started calling him out on some of it before the holidays. Notice how he (and the press) have quieted down since then?

      Kirk's as vulnerable as anyone on the Dem side given his record of uber-pandering.

      If voters don't know how someone will represent them, they're much less likely to support that candidate.

      •  He has his recod to run on... (0+ / 0-)

        Most folks will understand he had to stave off a teabagger challenge.  

        Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

        by Jonze on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:10:08 PM PST

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  •  I think there are a lot of Dem held senate seats (0+ / 0-)

    in trouble this year.  So many that it is hard to keep track.  And if we lose that many whether the IL-Sen seat switches hands will be the least  of our worries and certainly will NOT be another Mass special.

  •  just a thought (5+ / 0-)
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    musing85, thesill, DaveW, TomP, soms

    be honest with your title.  If you're supporting Hoffman, say so.  And keep the primary attacks to a minimum here, especially when they're wrong.

    oops. I hope the gate wasn't too expensive.

    Twitter: @DanteAtkins

    by Dante Atkins on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:43:16 PM PST

  •  Regardless of who the Dem nominee is. (0+ / 0-)

    I just do not see any reason why I should continue to slit my throat economically and show up to vote for what I thought was my party this November.

    Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

    by Fossil on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:47:01 PM PST

    •  Now that is why Brown won. No disrespect, i truly (1+ / 0-)
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      understand and sometimes share that feeling. But the alternative is even more scary. The current course of this nation losing it's democracy to a global corporate merger started with "Ronnie the Great". Giving up now will only solidify that outcome.

      Don't just stay home, that's their game plan, to discourage you into being just one of the sheeple.

      IGTNT...Honor the Fallen...Grace Their Loved Ones.

      by geez53 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:13:08 PM PST

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    •  Heard on Thom Hartman's show that (0+ / 0-)

      the right wing is preaching that their aim is to discourage dem voters from turning out.

      Now I have issues with what's going on politically too, but I sure don't want to see the repubs back in power. And all the right has to do is demoralize dem voters, then turn out their own and we're toast.

      So yes, criticize, but please show up to vote.

      "If religion is the opiate of the masses, then fundamentalism is the amphetamine." Miz Vittitow

      by MillieNeon on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 09:41:44 PM PST

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      •  Well, I know two things. (0+ / 0-)

        First, Republicans do not legislate to promote the general welfare or improve the quality of our economic lives.  Second, Democrats do not legislate to promote the general welfare or improve the quality of our economic lives.

        Looks like I have a real choice there, because all the social issues in the world amount to a hill of beans if we do not have economic security or the need of a healthy life.

        Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

        by Fossil on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 08:34:39 AM PST

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  •  Broadway Bank statement (1+ / 0-)
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    Read the Hoffman for Illinois press release with statement from Campaign Manager Michael Powell about the failing Broadway Bank here.

    •  You Do Realize (3+ / 0-)
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      TomP, soms, sulthernao
      1. I am an Illinois resident.
      1. I always vote, even if it is a special election for dog catcher.
      1. I don't know who I am going to vote for in this election.
      1. That press release makes me, maybe more unlikely to vote for Hoffman.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:51:48 PM PST

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      •  When behind you have to attack. (0+ / 0-)

        It's SOP for political campaigns. Just as Alexi makes the fact he's going negative an issue - that is what frontrunners do.  And if the polls were reversed the candidates would be doing the vice-versa.

        Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

        by Jonze on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:13:39 PM PST

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      •  Many voters are turned off by the false attacks (2+ / 0-)
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        musing85, soms

        especially when they simply repeat GOP talking points.

        The head of the Illinois GOP said that David Hoffman has "done a great service to the Republican Party."

        We don't need politicians like that in the U.S. Senate.  

        A Senator to speak for us. Visit to learn more.

        by Alexi for Illinois on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:15:56 PM PST

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        •  What we need (0+ / 0-)

          Chicago Tribune "Hoffman is what Illinoisans deserve -- and should expect -- in a United States senator. He's an incorruptible man who tells truth to power, and his commitment to open and honest government is unquestioned."

          Daily Herald "It's a sorry chapter in Illinois political history and especially for Democrats. So as they go to the polls Feb. 2, we believe it's important to look at who can best put aside the taint of the last few years and move forward. We believe that person is David Hoffman."

          The State Journal-Register "Hoffman’s vast experience — from U.S. Senate staffer to federal prosecutor to political reformer — place him head and shoulders above the field in this race. For Democrats voting in the Feb. 2 primary, we believe Hoffman represents the best chance to fend off what promises to be a strong GOP effort to retake this Senate seat in the fall."

          The St. Louis Post-Dispatch "If Democrats are going to remove the stains from the Blagojevich years, David Hoffman is the candidate to do it."

          Rockford Register Star "If Democrats want to retain the U.S. Senate seat once held by Barack Obama, David Hoffman is the best choice in the Feb. 2 primary. Hoffman takes the corruption issue off the table. He not only talks about ethics and reform, his record shows he has worked to achieve them."

        •  Yes, but I know all the facts and have supported (0+ / 0-)

          and made calls for AG and I think tonight's news leads are horrendous for the campaign.

          Regular sig line is on sabatical.

          by CoyoteMarti on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:23:02 PM PST

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  •  filth politics (1+ / 0-)
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    is where Republicans excel.

  •  in terms of the cubs (0+ / 0-)

    not a bad thing

    and I wait for them to interrupt my drinking from this broken cup

    by le sequoit on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:50:23 PM PST

  •  So you're an Hoffman operative sent to (3+ / 0-)
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    Viceroy, TomP, soms

    Tarnish Alexi's credibility. Watch Alexi whoop Kirk's ass in the fall.

  •  I rarely suggest "change the title" but ... (2+ / 0-)
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    5x5, Hoffman For Illinois

    ... equating Obama's senate seat (which he held for only four years) with Teddy's seat (which he held for 47 years) is disingenuous. And, of course, both seats belong to the people.) I came to my own conclusion about voting for Hoffman because I asked myself which one would I want asking questions at Congressional hearing and, in that capacity, I visualized Hoffman as the better choice.

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:51:08 PM PST

  •  That Could Reduce the Dem Senate from (0+ / 0-)

    53-52 seats

    "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Stewart (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

    by Limelite on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 02:52:42 PM PST

  •  Why aren't people looking at Alexi's record? (0+ / 0-)

    Broadway Bank is failing now, Bright Start was a disaster, come on!

  •  Alexi will win. (2+ / 0-)
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    soms, Alexi for Illinois

    Kirk can't win if he moves to the center to court the majority of Illinois voters.  And Alexi has no part in the bank right now.  And wasn't Hoffman forced to apologize for blatant lying?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:07:09 PM PST

  •  Whatever you think about the motives (2+ / 0-)
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    5x5, Jonze

    of the diarist, I am sitting here listening to the 5pm Chicago news and this is the LEAD story, and AG is getting creamed. Much being made of the fact that he touts his banking expertise so he can't have it both ways. Plus his family are the sole owners of the bank. AG is doing a good job with an on-air interview, but my instincts say this will make his general election prospects much much more difficult. Before flaming this, I have campaigned for AG this season. This is so tough.

    Regular sig line is on sabatical.

    by CoyoteMarti on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:07:53 PM PST

  •  OT, what do Illinois voters want and need? (1+ / 0-)
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    How can be sure to befriend them and keep them well-informed?

    And not at the last minute (Massachusetts error).

    Please advise.

    As for this diary, it does raise an important point in that I've been hearing how

    the Republicans (including behind-the-scenes astroturf groups) have moved from Massachusetts to Illinois and Republican think tanks and activists are already 10 miles ahead of us.

    NOTE: Please provide us with useful links to sign up as volunteers for Dems in Illinois. Progressive Dem organization? Best outreach group? Best community organizers?

    Media Reform Action Link

    by LNK on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:08:09 PM PST

    •  I think that Honesty is the best thing for (1+ / 0-)
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      Illinois voters.  We also need Democrats in Springfield to pass a budget or we will lose many state seats also.

      Hoffman is honest.

      Progressive Democrats for America

      Democracy for America

      * Neither of these groups have weighed in on Hoffman or Alexi or Cheryle for that matter.

      •  Voters can't take honesty, can they? (0+ / 0-)

        In all honesty I have to add that scientific studies show that groups choose leaders who are best at telling lies with a straight face.

        Media Reform Action Link

        by LNK on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 08:21:15 PM PST

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  •  This just in my "inbox" from the Hoffman campaign (0+ / 0-)

    Statement from Hoffman for Illinois Campaign Manager Michael Powell on Broadway Bank

    Today's news about Broadway Bank provides further evidence of what a disaster Mr. Giannoulias would be as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.

    Even before today, his limited experience and his refusal to take responsibility for his failures - both as a banker and as manager of the Bright Start program - were clear.  Now we learn that his risky loans at the bank, and his family's decision to take $86 million in dividends for themselves, has caused the bank's collapse, and a likely bailout and takeover by the FDIC.

    Mr. Giannoulias has shown a consistent pattern of refusing to take responsibility for his actions and blaming others.  People are sick of politicians, like Mr. Giannoulias, who are not honest about their own conduct and don't want to be held accountable.

    Democrats in Illinois are about to choose their nominee to fill our President's former U.S. Senate seat.  Choosing an inexperienced 33 year-old failed banker who allows Republicans to use Tony Rezko and other failures as attacks would be a sure loser for us.

  •  Why Hoffman? (1+ / 0-)
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    Today, Senator Adlai Stevenson endorsed David Hoffman  joining Judge Abner Mikva, Dawn Clark Netsch, and every major newspaper in IL.

    Chicago Sun-Times "In Hoffman, the voters have a candidate with a wealth of experience and integrity, who has produced in every job he has had. Everybody talks about the need for more independence, smarter thinking and greater integrity in Washington. Here's your chance."

    Read more about David here and find out where he stands.

  •  The facts (2+ / 0-)
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    "In the midst of a deep recession brought on by bad decisions in Washington and lax oversight on Wall Street, hundreds of community banks are struggling, and Broadway Bank is no exception. I have not been there for nearly four years. My understanding is [Tuesday]’s agreement gives the business a plan for moving forward," Giannoulias said in a released statement.

    A Senator to speak for us. Visit to learn more.

    by Alexi for Illinois on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:18:43 PM PST

  •  David Hoffman is an idiot (1+ / 0-)
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    using republican style smears to try and win a seat he doesn't deserve.  He's a blue dog, and we don't need him running to be another Republican running as a Democrat

    Obama 2012: Because even if you're pissed at him, try to imagine the alternatives

    by TobyRocksSoHard on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:28:28 PM PST

  •  Other candidates asked Alexi to pull out of race (1+ / 0-)
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    Cheryle Jackson, another Democratic senate candidate, is calling on Giannoulias to withdraw from the race in wake of Broadway Bank scandal.

  •  Tired of the rich kids... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... and their narrow world view...

    This goes for much of the Dems as well as the Repubs. They dither and delay and waste time and have NO CLUE how frustrated and angry and distressed much of the middle class is becoming. They are collectively UNSERIOUS about solving any problem.

    And so, it appears, is President Obama. There is definitely a leadership dearth from the WH, it has to be made up for in the Congress. Screw the worthless "60 vote majority" - it was always a fairytale. Now we need 50+Biden - and if that 50 has a spine, everything else will follow.

    I like what I've seen of Hoffman. He appears to be there to fight - not to look senatorial, not to get comfortable with D.C. At least I can see that possibility. In Mr. Giannoulias I see only another comfortable rich kid.

    •  Alexi G another rich kid (0+ / 0-)

      I agree. Hoffman has proven himself through his public service & so has CJ.  Whoever wins will be up against Kirk, and he has, however flawed,  a long record of legislative work.  The negatives of Kirk, his glibness & blindness to the problems of real people (health care, endless war)  is not counter-balanced with AG.  And a lot of voters may just go w/experience.  Hoffman gives us the best chance of outsider experience v. insider partisan.  I like CJ but Hoffman's record has more credibility, esp against the corruption charges Kirk's campaign will level.

  •  Rezko is smearing but Blago is fair game? (0+ / 0-)

    From a Alexi release to answer Jackson's call for Alexi to withdraw -

    Ms. Jackson, Blagojevich's former spokesperson, has launched a very Blago-like attack. She has her facts wrong. This is a desperate and ridiculous attempt from a candidate behind in the polls to give her campaign a boost by exploiting the economic challenges facing millions of businesses, including this one. My focus is on giving Illinois families a way forward in these tough economic times. That's why I'm running.

    A lot of the bad loans would have been given out four years ago and further back.  This paints Alexi as a risky banker giving out shaky loans to boost family owned bank profits.  

    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 03:41:11 PM PST

  •  hit piece (1+ / 0-)
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    Alexi for Illinois

    I'm an Illinois voter and I don't care about a bank that Alexi's family owns (most community banks have struggled since the great recession hit).  Besides he hasn't done any work for that bank in five years.  Alexi G. has better plans for Illinois on every front and is a good guy.  Hoffman is grasping at straws and making it harder and harder for me to be able to vote for him in a general election if he did win the primary.

    save our democracy!

    by thoughtful3 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 05:02:54 PM PST

    •  Not a hit piece if this is news that... (0+ / 0-)

      ... we'll have to deal with if AG becomes the nominee.

      It isn't just what AG espouses... it's a perspective... and we have way too many who "understand" why the banking system has to be the way it is, and "understand" why Obama is doing the right thing with Bernake, Geitner et al, and "understand" why we can't be serious about the deficit by cutting defense and raising taxes, etc., etc.

      You know ... the D.C. "grown-ups". What the wealthy find useful..

  •  I'm loving the flame war (0+ / 0-)

    between the (I presume?) official accounts of the two campaigns.

    More of this, please.  If nothing else, I expect high entertainment value from our Illinois pols.

    "Fight until we win. Fight until there are jobs and healthcare and peace." -- Kwickkick

    by shenderson on Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 10:09:30 PM PST

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