In the wake of yesterday's mea culpa press conference by Congressman Mark Kirk over mistakes made in touting his military service record, Kirk is further seeking to change the focus of this race back to the foibles and vulnerabilities of his Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias. A set of new TV ads will begin airing on cable and broadcast TV, entitled "Risky" and "Stand."
The Kirk for Senate Campaign summarizes the ads as follows:
The first ad, “Risky,” details Giannoulias’ failed record as a banker and Treasurer, including his loans to organized crime figures, risky lending schemes that brought down Broadway Bank and losses in the Bright Start college savings fund. “Risky” also reminds voters about Giannoulias’ support for higher taxes and increased spending. The second ad, “Stand,” focuses on the candidates’ differences on BP and job-killing energy taxes.
You can see from these ads that Team Kirk means business. However, we can all recognize that, much as Alexi was essentially forced to go up on TV several weeks ago to rehabilitate his image in the wake of the damage done to him by the failed Broadway Bank, I think it's fair to say that Kirk wasn't planning to have to shoot bullets like these until the fall. It's going to be one hell of a roller coaster ride into November, that's for sure.