Skip to main content

As a David Hoffman supporter, here in Chicago, and more importantly a Democrat, I am seriously concerned about the prospect of a Giannoulious - Kirk match here in Illinois.  And if you are one of the 24% undecided voters in this race please consider the following.

As a David Hoffman supporter, and more importantly a Democrat, I am seriously concerned about the prospect of a Giannoulious - Kirk match here in Illinois. And if you are one of the 24% undecided voters in this race please consider the following. And Even if you love Alexi, it is time to examine that love in the context of losing another Senate seat.  Alexi may be a hell of a guy, but sadly, his family bank, not his winning personality will be front and center for the next 10 months if he wins Tuesday.  The New York Times has an article that came out today that says this:        

"Mr. Giannoulias, 33, has ducked all but the most general questions about which loans he approved that might have contributed to the bank’s trouble. He said there would be time later to get into such details.

I interpret that to mean: “I hope I can get this past my fellow Democrats. I’ll worry about my Republican opponent later.”

New York Times

Is this really the candidate we should be putting forth in Obama's old
Senate seat?  Fortunately I am not in the position of Giannoulias supporters but if I were, I hope I would make the best decision for the party and not just for one person.  It is not just me saying this, read the article that came out today in the Washington Post as well: Washington Post
Ain't politics grand?  We pick our "guy" and give it all we got!  But sometimes we have to heed an unexpected philosophical call that is greater
than our "guy".  I urge you all to listen to that call!  Here are more articles on the subject:
Politico
and:

Huffington Post

One more:
NPR

Originally posted to Union1 on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 11:58 AM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

    •  A banker would have a tough time winning, (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Kristina40, sturunner

      unless he runs against a child molester.

    •  I see that all of the major (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bornadem, watercarrier4diogenes

      Unions are endorsing Alexi Giannoulias, as he has a proven pro-labor record.  Union1, does your Union support Hoffman?  Will it be helping to get out the vote for him? Illinois voters and workers will certainly be looking at the issues come November and will not likely be fooled by any Kirk attempt to divert attention from the real issues.

      American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31
      Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241

      Associated Firefighters of Illinois

      Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local 2
      Chicago Teachers Union
      Communication Workers of America District 4
      CWA - Association of Flight Attendants Council 8
      Illinois AFL-CIO
      Illinois Federation of Teachers – American Federation of Teachers
      Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers
      Illinois Pipe Trades Association 

      International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 1
      International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

      International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 9
      International Union of United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
      International Union of Operating Engineers State Council
      International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

      IUOE Local 150
      IUOE Local 399
      IUPAT District Council 14
      IUPAT District Council 30
      Laborers International Union of North America

      Service Employees International Union
 (SEIU)
      Sheet Metal Workers Local 73
      Teamsters Joint Council 25

      UNITE HERE
      United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters

      United Food and Commercial Workers International Union


  •  All your links are broken (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sturunner

    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 Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 12:01:10 PM PST

  •  more Republican style attacks (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bornadem

    from a supporter of a Republican style candidate.  Hoffman is a Liebermann.  Trying desperately to sound progressive enough to win in the primary before he fucks the caucus and the people of Illinois.

    If he wanted to talk about issues, he should be doing that, instead of these low road attacks without basis in fact

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

    by TobyRocksSoHard on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 12:27:41 PM PST

  •  it is, in fact, important to say (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bornadem, ChicDemago

    that it seems pretty clear that we need to get out the vote and make sure Gianoulias wins, or Mark Kirk is going to mop the floor with a weak candidate like Hoffman.  The polls show it- and so does common sense?  Why would anyone vote for Republican lite trying to pretend to be progressive when they can have an ACTUAL Republican pretending to be moderate?

    Hoffman doesn't have the principles, the positions, or the political acumen to deserve this nomination

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

    by TobyRocksSoHard on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 12:29:46 PM PST

  •  Sorry can't vote for Hoffman (4+ / 0-)

    As a child, my father taught me to never vote against your own economic interests. As a union member with cadillac health care plan, I will not vote for Hoffman who supports taxing my healthcare. I make less than 18k after deductions and taxes. I don't think it is right to be taxing the working class. If he wins the primary, I will vote for the Green party or leave blank. Hoffman will have trouble being an anti-union in a very heavy union state.

  •  Hoffman is our man (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    watercarrier4diogenes

    I so agree...

    David Hoffman is a true progressive..he favors gay marriage, he is pro choice..he opposes the troop surge...

    I don't want to loose this seat...
    Alexi will be DESTROYED by the GOP ad machine...he's a sitting duck. I just read that story in the NY Times..

    Hoffman has been endorsed by every major newspaper in Illinois.  He can win this for us...

  •  Between a rock and a hard place (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    watercarrier4diogenes

    Broadway Bank was recklessly managed, and Giannoulias had a hand in that.  And if there's any year that type of thing is going to have trouble, it's this one.  I have been torn for a long time because of concerns over how much Hoffman gets the Democratic base compared to concerns over Giannoulias' bank but the latest revelations on the bank put me over the edge.  It's not a good situation for Illinois when the leading Republican candidate and both the leading Democratic candidates come across as being quite a few cards short of a full deck on understanding economics. If I could choose candidates, it would be Hoffman for governor (where his reform nous is most needed), someone else for Senate, and Mark Kirk for dogcatcher.

  •  Jackson (0+ / 0-)

    is getting my vote. Hoffman and Giannoulias smack of privilege and entitlement.

    -8.00, -8.46: I'm almost at absolute zero! An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

    by unrelatedwaffle on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 08:32:01 AM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site