Unsurprisingly, Politico is reporting that a plea from Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to the White House to help save struggling candidate Alexi Giannoulias is apparently falling on deaf ears.
Durbin told [White House Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel that Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias could use some serious presidential intervention in his uphill race against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.
At the moment, the White House seems open to the idea of losing Obama’s old seat rather than putting the president’s prestige on the line for Giannoulias, the brash and boyish Illinois state treasurer — and onetime Obama basketball buddy — whose campaign has been rocked by the financial meltdown of his family’s bank.
Durbin said Emanuel was sympathetic to his pleas but ultimately noncommittal, telling him that the White House was “considering the race, weighing their options and weighing a decision on what to do.”
Given yesterday's developments regarding former Governor Rod Blagojevich's attempt to involve Barack Obama in his upcoming trial, it's not hard to see that Obama is likely to stay far, far away from the Giannoulias-Kirk matchup, even if, as Politico suggests, it may mean a black eye for Obama in losing his former Senate seat.