Democrats in trouble in Illinois
Not a good week for the Democrats here trying to hang on to President Obama's old Senate seat.It sounds like the Democrats are ready for a real issues oriented campaign--not. What it really sounds like is desperation to avoid defeat in a seat they should have locked up all ready. This desperation did not play well in Massachusetts. Actually, the Democrats appear to be in much more trouble in Illinois than they were at this stage in Massachusetts. I think they will find the Tea Party movement working against them there too.
The party's leading contender -- state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias -- has spent these last precious days before Tuesday's primary scrambling to explain why regulators have targeted his struggling family bank for greater oversight. Giannoulias, once a senior lending officer at Broadway Bank, is being pressed relentlessly by his Democratic rivals and the media about his role in the bank's woes.
Republicans promise that it is not a topic that will go away.
The Senate race in the president's home state will be among the most symbolically important and expensive races in the country this year. After Republican Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts this month, the GOP sees a clear path to victory in this Democratic state -- and his name is Mark Kirk.
Kirk, 50, a moderate five-term Republican House member, appears to be the man of the moment. As the likely GOP nominee to emerge Tuesday, Kirk is seen as a formidable, well-funded candidate, a Navy Reserve officer who has done two tours in Afghanistan and who can withstand the weight of a White House set to defeat him.
Kathleen Strand, an Illinois consultant to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Democrats will portray Kirk as a Washington "insider" and a "flip-flopper" who veered to the right to satisfy conservatives to win the primary.