Some friends in high places told me months ago that the Chicago Tribune would be taking a very close look at the Giannoulias family's Broadway Bank, and the impact its problems and checked loan-making history would have on Alexi Giannoulias' U.S. Senate hopes, should be end up being the Dem nominee.
That day has apparently come, with a front-page expose on the troubled bank and what it may mean for Alexi's candidacy, especially if the bank goes under.
Alexi's brother, Demetris Giannoulias, who now runs the bank, knows he and the family are on thin ice when it comes to how this may affect Alexi:
"It's a little delicate with my brother," he told the Tribune. "I stay up at night thinking of what I'd tell someone."
According to the story, the Giannoulias family must raise at least $85 million by the end of April to avoid being taken over by the federal government.
Think of the headlines with THAT story.
My only concern about all of this is peaking too early. Most importantly, we want Alexi to remain a very flawed, weak candidate, but remain the candidate nonetheless. On the other hand, the earlier this story gets and and is ingrained in the minds of voters, it will severely hamper Alexi's fundraising ability as he will be seen as damaged goods and not worth the investment from potential donors.