Boy, Illinois doesn't seem to have ever really lost it's gangster days. The gangsters just run the state through their own private political party; the Democrats.
The newest up and comer is Alexi Giannoulias, a basketball buddy of President Obama with ties to the mob and at least one of the presidents shady acquantences. Giannoulias just won the Illinois primary for the president's old Senate seat.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100203/...linois_primaryTuesday's first-in-the-nation primary did decide the field in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Obama until his presidential victory. Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer and a basketball buddy of the president, will face five-term U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk.
Now we may say; so what if this guy knows President Obama? They have more then gangsters in common. They both play basketball and they both are in politics. Well, it seems that Giannoulias has benefitted from Senator Obama's influence and was on the radar screen for the president's Senate seat even back in 2008, before the president had won the election. No wonder President Obama was so ticked off at then Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for raffling off the president's Senate seat. The now president wanted Giannoulias to have that seat;Now remember, this is in 2008.One way in which Obama could return the favor of political support to Giannoulias would be to support the possibility that Giannoulias could be selected to fill Obama’s US Senate seat if Obama wins the presidency.
So, will the president now disown another friend turned acquantance turned "not the man I knew"? With his popularity waining and the press realizing that feeding off of the president is more lucrative then trying to suppress his antics, it may be more difficult for President Obama to disown this one. Here are some highlights of the connection between the president and this new rising star, Giannoulias;29 years old! The youngest ever to achieve this goal. Well, we all know how much our president likes to be the first to do things; supported the youngest treasurer, nomimated the first he-she, appointed the fist woman hispanic, bowed to an Islamic king....for State Treasurer when the latter was just 29 years old, but the NY Post reported that “Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state's speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama's help.” Obama remained a big supporter and is credited with having been an important factor in Giannoulias’s victory.
Here's some more;Wow! This is really, real gangster stuff. Aren't we just so lucky to have a president who is from this political arena?Giannoulias himself has accepted at least one controversial campaign contribution, from Spiros Naos, an owner of a line of gambling cruise ships, who got ownership of the company after his uncle “was gunned down in an execution-style slaying after selling the gambling fleet to a group that included indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff”, according to the Chicago Daily Herald. After initially defending the contribution as one Greek helping another, Giannoulias eventually returned the money once the media began dogging him about it.
OH MY! It seems that Giannoulias and his family weren't always Democratic supporters;Probably just some old debt they needed to pay for some sleazy Republican they bought.Obama and Giannoulias have been mutual supporters, politically and otherwise, for at least five years, with Giannoulias having contributed $7,000 to Obama’s campaign for the Illinois State Senate seat in 2003 and 2004, an interesting choice for a man who was simultaneously giving $17,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
It is just so good to know that the background of our president is so upstanding. That is, the little we even know about our president's background.