We have a bit of catching up to do after a few days away from politics, so here goes:
Kirk v. Alexi: The latest Rasmussen poll has Congressman Mark Kirk up over State Treasurer Alexi Giannnoulias by 46% to 38%. This poll was taken on April 28th and is the first significant poll, I believe, taken in this race after the takeover of the Giannoulias' family's Broadway Bank on April 23rd. It probably didn't register any effect on the President's 'hug' to Alexi, given the same day, so we'll have to wait to the next poll to really see if Kirk's increasing lead is part of the overall trend.
Leaving aside the implications for Dems in general if Alexi loses Obama's old Senate seat to a Republican, Senator Dick Durbin, who chairs Alexi's campaign, may face difficulties in his own potential bid for leader of the Senate if Harry Reid loses his election, says CQPolitics. In fact, CQ appears to have almost written Alexi off already, as one line in its latest article says: "In reality, Durbin might be powerless to save Giannoulias, a banker by trade who was tarred with the hint of scandal even before his family’s Broadway Bank went under last month." Ow.
Joe Walsh: Life's Been Good? Not Lately: We wanted to like Joe Walsh as the GOP nominee to attempt to dethrone Dem Melissa Bean in the 8th Congressional District, but he's making it rather difficult. The latest in a series of issues that are plaguing Walsh is the defection of staffers in his newly-opened Grayslake office, reports the Daily Herald this morning. Fox News also covered the debacle in which police were called. Ugh. Dealing with stuff like this is one reason I gave up my position in party leadership.
Hamilton Chang Fundraiser (HD 17): State Representative Beth Coulson and others will host a casual fundraiser for 17th District State Rep GOP nominee Hamilton Chang at Hackney’s on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave, Glenview, IL, on Wednesday, May 12th, from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Call 847-261-HD17 (4317) for more information, or e-mail the campaign at email@example.com Requested donation is $50.