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Not so “minimal”

Monday, Nov 30, 2009

* The other day, Alexi Giannoulias tried to explain what happened to his inheritance

llinois Treasurer and U.S. Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias said Tuesday that a “minimal” amount of the $70 million he and his siblings received in 2007 and 2008 dividends from Broadway Bank, the troubled Chicago lender the family owns, actually went to them individually.

That was obviously not the greatest choice of words, since he alone received $2.5 million before taxes.

So, rival Democratic US Senate candidate David Hoffman has responded with a “people in the street” video. The beginning is horribly dull and badly done, but it gets better about 15 seconds in. Watch it


Ouch.

However, just to be clear, Giannoulias got to keep “only” $1.5 mil from that pile. As I already told you, the rest went for taxes.

…Adding… A minor point, but it appears that the video’s voice-over setup asks a different question than the “regular” people were asked. “What could people in Illinois do with $2.5 million?” appears to be the actual question, but the video claims it was: “What would two and a half million dollars mean for you and your family?” Again, no big deal, but the answers seem a tad bit confusing without that context.

* In other news

U.S. Senate candidate Cheryle Jackson has garnered the support of more than a dozen black pastors and church officials whose congregations have thousands of members.

Jackson said Monday the ministers from Chicago and the suburbs are organizing pastors downstate to support her campaign.

From Jackson’s press release…

The group based its endorsement on Jackson’s experience fighting for jobs, education and health care. Jackson repeated her call to begin bringing troops and resources home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In attendance at the news conference were Dr. Brazier, Pastor Tyson, Pastor Gray, Bishop Tridestone, Pastor Drummons, Rev. Johnson Jr., Rev. Redwell, Rev. Harrison Sr., Rev. Turner, Rev. Greer, Rev. A Richardson, Pastor Andrews, Rev Michael Eaddy, Apostle Sylvester Brinson III, Jerry Harris and Mickarl D Thomas.

* Former governor/AG candidate John Schmidt has endorsed Dan Hynes. From a fundraising e-mail…

I don’t find it easy to oppose an incumbent Governor of my own party. But I have come to the conclusion - one that I find is shared by many others - that the incumbent is simply not capable of governing competently and effectively.

As Democrats, we have a profound obligation not to give our state another failed Governor. As citizens, setting aside any consideration of party, we have an obligation to do everything we can to elect a Governor who will govern competently and effectively at a time of enormous challenge to our state.

* And Mark Kirk is whacked again

GOP Rep Mark Kirk, who’s running for Senate and facing a primary challenge from the right, is now claiming that if health care reform passes, it “could become law” for the government to deny coverage for mammograms.

Kirk’s Senate campaign is out with a new email that is presented as a questionnaire, asking: “Could the Government Deny Mammogram Coverage?”

- Posted by Rich Miller   31 Comments      


*** UPDATED x 3 *** Dillard up with Fox News cable/Network TV ad and some other campaign news

Monday, Nov 30, 2009

* Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard has a new cable TV ad which features former Gov. Jim Edgar. Rate it


It’s a $50,000 buy on Fox News for the week. The ad will be running throughout the day and evening on the cable channel.

*** UPDATE 2 *** As some commenters have pointed out, there’s more to the buy than just Fox News. But just barely. From my usual industry insider…

* Dillard booked a total of 95k statewide - broadcast and cable

* Markets - Champaign - cable only 4k total

Chicago- booked 50k on cable and 10k on broadcast

Paducah booked 5k broadcast no cable

Peoria- 19k broadcast, 3k cable

Rockford- 3,500 on cable only no broadcast

This is a very light broadcast buy, to say the least.

*** UPDATE 3 *** A pal with the Dillard campaign says Champaign network (WCIA) was bought this week.

[ *** End of Updates *** ]

* Meanwhile, in other political news, Adam Andrzejewski says he’s on a “fact-finding mission to Poland” with his dad

I’m currently visiting the Republic of Poland as part of an economic and political fact-finding mission. My four day mission trip will include both official and familial appointments. The goal of the mission is to discover how the State of Illinois can improve its economic and cultural relationship with the Republic of Poland in order to promote job growth, economic vitality, and increased international trade between the two.

* Adlai Stevenson has endorsed Justin Oberman for state treasurer and Oberman is featuring Stevenson in a new radio ad. I’ll have the audio during the lunch hour, so watch for an update. For now, here’s the script…

Your state treasurer can be a big help in these troubled times—from improving state finances to creating new jobs. I know, because I served as state treasurer before you elected me senator.

I’m Adlai Stevenson and I’m grateful for your past support. But now I want to tell you about an outstanding candidate with a strong professional background and great plans for the treasurer’s office—including job creation.

Justin Oberman served our country in transportation and homeland security, managing a large staff and budget. He now runs his own financial firm helping green companies grow. His qualifications are unmatched for managing the treasurer’s office and investing state funds wisely. But he can also bring private investment back to Illinois, which will mean more new jobs.

I urge you to support Justin Oberman for State Treasurer in the Democratic primary.

Justin: Thank you for your support. Paid for by Oberman for Illinois.

Stevenson: It’s a new generation, but the name Oberman still means reform.

UPDATE 1: Click here to listen to the radio ad.

* Remember when Dorothy Brown’s spokesperson dissed Todd Stroger’s nominating petitions a few weeks ago?

“It was just ridiculous. It was chicken scratch, it was scribble-scrabble. It didn’t look well at all. It looked obviously fake and false,” said Brown spokeswoman Lily Kim.

Well, Brown recently dropped her challenge, but her own petitions are still being challenged

The electoral board will continue its review of additional allegations including invalid signatures, irregularities and forgeries in Brown’s documents on Thursday.

* And a little-known Republican candidate explains why he took a Democratic ballot last year after rumors circulated that he’s a Democratic plant…

In 2008, I joined over 100,000 Republicans in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and 38,000 in Mississippi who voted for Hillary Clinton to put Republicans in the best position to win in the general election.

* More campaign stuff…

* Candidates take advantage of e-campaigning

* Republican candidates for governor weigh in on gambling to help state budget

* Political ‘Loyalty Oath’ Remains Popular in Elections

* Kane Dems endorse Quinn

* Kirk gets Schock’s endorsement for US Senate bid

* Governor race has a decidedly DuPage feel to it

* Candidates open wallets for Republican fundraiser

* Bernard Schoenburg: Hynes not conceding votes of veterans

* Bird formally out of 10th Congressional District race

* The Flipside to Uncontested Green Primaries

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