Despite the media pounce on Mark Kirk's mistakes over the stating of his military record (and subsequent apology for same), it seems that it has given rival Alexi Giannoulias little new traction as of yet. The latest poll from Rasmussen shows Kirk down a few points from their last poll (at 46%) in April, but Alexi is essentially unchanged (from 38% last time).
Based on the polling history, one could argue that the numbers seem to swing little whether we're talking about Kirk's problems or Alexi's. Does that mean that it's just too early for voters to be paying much attention (at least to this race), especially as the Blago trial is sucking most of the political wind out of everything, and many folks care 1000x's more about the Blackhawks and summer vacation than the back-and-forth by the candidates? You decide.
TA admits that he's not looking forward to this fall. Both senate candidates will spend millions on ads, and whether the candidates themselves or their surrogates (i.e., DSCC, NRSC) do it, the airwaves will be carpetbombed by negative campaign ads. Sigh.
Meanwhile, it also looks like Alexi's already sparse resume just got even shorter, as his campaign had to retract and correct a claim that he served on the Board of Directors of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, when he only served on its committee on Legislation and Regulation.
According to Bob Wingert, president of the association, even his service on the committee during the 2005-2006 fiscal year was not too impressive.
“Alexi was not that intimately involved to be candid,” Wingert said.