In yet another display of juvenile political acumen, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias offhandedly dismissed a group of respected African-American ministers who endorsed Republican Mark Kirk, simply because they support his opponent.
This morning, African American community leader Dr. Willie Wilson and other ministers gathered at the Holy Corinthian Baptist Church to endorse Kirk. In a press release from the Kirk campaign, Dr. Wilson stated:
“Congressman Kirk's vision to encourage economic development and job creation is one that is important not only for the African American community, but for every family in the state. I endorse Congressman Kirk because he is a proven leader with a record of independence. We face very serious challenges, and I look forward to working with him to bring more economic opportunity to our state.”
Mary Ann Ahern, writing at NBC-5's Ward Room blog, noted that Rev. Wilson, traditionally affiliated with Democratic causes, says he's more independent these days: "I've been trying to support people who will help our community," Wilson said.
The Ward Room Blog also noted that Alexi's campaign team dismissed the endorsement, claiming Wilson is "not the leader of the Westside."
This insulting dismissal of a significant group of African-American community leaders comes on the heels of Alexi's statement last week that Kirk had committed "economic treason" with a fundraiser this part spring with American businessmen in China. So, first veterans, and now African-Americans (and ministers, to boot). Shall we see if Alexi can offend another important voting group in the eight days before the election to make a trifecta?