President Obama’s Office confirms President’s visit on behalf of Giannoulias…
President Barack Obama (l) and Alexi Giannoulias (r) join for a fundraiser on August 5, 2010 (Photo of Obama: Getty Images/Bill Pugliano; Photo of Giannoulias: Wikipedia)
UPDATE: 7/25/2010, 7:55AM – The Obama visit will now include three fundraisers and a visit to a Ford plant. With the Ford visit, there will be less expense to Alexi Giannoulias and the Democratic National Committee for the President’s visit as Ford will now need to share in the expenses.
Original article: I say, “Oh, bummer!” (Obummer) because he’s coming to town to help a Democrat get elected to congress. When he returns under most any other circumstances, I like Chicago getting the attention. However, on August 5, 2010, President Barack Obama will return to the city to star in a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. This announcement is confirmed by the White House just days after a report that Republican opponent Mark Kirk has four times the money Giannoulias has at the moment. In the polls, the two have been swapping leads in recent weeks, indicating a very close race.
Both politicians, fighting for the seat Obama held before being elected President in 2008, haven’t been without their share of controversies. Just as Giannoulias was sneaking off the front page with his family’s bank problems, Kirk slithered onto the headlines with misspeaks regarding his military career- or lack of career, perhaps. Deciding which offense is the least of two evils it the electorate’s choice.
Speaking of evils, the Obama appearance could very well be simultaneous with expected appearances of other White House personnel in Chicago. Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and a current Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett, may be in town to testify in the disgraced ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich’s trail at that time.
Needing the big guns to win this election, besides Obama’s support, Giannoulias has enlisted the support of former Chicagoan, current National Education Secretary Arnie Duncan. It is also reported that the White House’s David Axelrod will be in town to highlight another fundraiser for Giannoulias in the not too distant future.
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