The story of the day in the U.S. Senate race is that Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias has been doing some cross-border fundraising in Canada, of all places, reports Greg Hinz. Now, it doesn't appear that Giannoulias went to raise money from Canadians, so much, but rather was chasing the trial lawyers (how's that for a switch, someone following the ambulance-chasers) up to a trial lawyers convention.
Team Kirk was quick to do a little research and found out that Alexi really, really likes trial lawyers, and they like him. Team Kirk also came up with some good questions to be asked of Alexi, if he sticks his head up (he's been a little media-shy lately, it seems).
From the Kirk for Senate campaign:
The trial lawyers like Alexi Giannoulias a lot. Take a look at a few of his top contributors:
Employees of Weitz & Luxenberg: $21,000
Employees of SimmonsCooper: $75,550
Employees of Corboy & Demetrio: $82,050
Employees of Clifford Law Offices: $19,900
Key Questions for Alexi Giannoulias:
??? Why do you have time to go to Canada to pick up campaign contributions, but you don’t have time to give press conferences in Chicago on weekdays?
??? On your campaign home page you write: “Our voice, not their money…He'll take on special interests in Washington.” Is it misleading for Alexi to suggest he doesn’t take special interest contributions when clearly he does?
??? Will you side with your trial lawyer sponsors when it comes to lawsuit reform or will you side with the people of Illinois and support lawsuit reform?
UPDATED 7/13/10 8:30 a.m.: Here's some more fallout from Alexi's pursuit of trial lawyer cash across the northern border: Lynn Sweet dishes on Alexi's secrecy here. The Weekly Standard picks up on this and chimes in here.