In the wake of the first debate between Congressman Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias on Meet the Press this past Sunday, the Chicago Tribune, after having soundly endorsed Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate, has decided that it has had about enough of Alexi's prevarication on the question of what he knew about his family bank's questionable clients:
As the Tribune reported in April, Broadway Bank had lent millions of dollars to Michael "Jaws" Giorango and his business partner Demitri Stavropoulos by the time Giannoulias arrived at the institution. During his time as a loan officer, the bank kept giving them loans — even when they were about to go to federal prison on felony convictions.
Confronted with these embarrassing facts, the candidate has squirmed to put the best face on them. "If I knew then what I know now, these are not the kind of people that we do business with," he said Sunday. But when Gregory asked, "Did you know that they were crime figures that you were loaning to?", Giannoulias couldn't fudge his way to safety. "I didn't know the extent of their activity," he said.
That is a roundabout way of saying: "Yes."
That awful sound you hear is the Alexi Giannoulias campaign imploding, and even Barack and Michelle can't put it back together again.
UPDATE: Here's a new video compilation on 'Jaws Gate,' entitled "Never Seen":
Apparently, all of this is "offensive" to Giannoulias, so maybe we ought to back off.
Politics ain't beanbag, pal.