Chicago Defender endorses Alexi Giannoulias for Senate

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Newspaper notes Republican Kirk wants Obama out of office


Saying  the choice is crystal clear, the Chicago Defender endorsed Alexi Giannoulias’ candidacy for U.S. Senate.

“The current state treasurer has compiled a stellar record in office, and would vote in support of the initiatives that President Obama has started,” the newspaper stated. “(Giannoulias) has stressed that he would be accountable to the Black community…Republican Mark Kirk has already stressed that his aim is to make Obama a one-term president.”

Unaware he was being recorded, Kirk made those comments to a group of North Dhore Republicans earlier this year. Most recently Kirk was secretly taped a few weeks ago telling Republican officials that he was launching a so-called “Voter Integrity Program” in heavily Democratic and African-American areas throughout the state.

“I have now funded the largest voter integrity program in 15 years for the state of Illinois,” Kirk reportedly said. “These are lawyers and other people that will be deployed in key vulnerable precincts. For example, South and West side of Chicago, Rockford, Metro-East where the other side might be tempted to jigger the numbers somewhat.”

Giannoulias has called Kirk’s comments “shameful and disturbing” and designed to intimidate voters and suppress the African-American vote on Election Day. Giannoulias has asked federal officials to monitor the polls so all voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot, free of interference. Kirk’s tactics are said to similar to those used by George Bush and Karl Rove to “steal” the presidential election in Florida in 2000, and then used to even greater effect in Ohio in 2004.

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