From the Kirk for Senate Campaign:
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
From Morning Joe: “They’ll call that the Jaws Giorango debate. That was a tough moment for Giannoulias.”
MIKA BREZINZKI: Giannoulias himself was put on the defensive when David Gregory questioned him about loans his family's failed bank made to crime figures.
DAVID GREGORY: Did you know that they were crime figures that your bank was loaning money to?
ALEXI GIANNOULIAS: As I said we didn't know the extent of that activity but again --
GREGORY: But you knew that they were --
GIANNOULIAS: If you look at any bank, even bigger banks, you find hundreds of individuals --
GREGORY: Did you know they were crime figures that you were loaning money to?
GIANNOULIAS: I didn’t know the extent of their activity.
REP. MARK KIRK: This is the list of all the bank loans to convicted mobsters and felons. The ones in yellow are the ones where he was the senior loan officer of the bank People like Michael “Jaws" Giorango, Demitri Stavropolous, Borist Stratievsky. These are all infamous mob figures and bankers who have very long and storied records. And you don't have to pull their rap sheets. It was in the Chicago Tribune.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: That is tough.
BREZINZKI: Kind of an awkward moment there maybe.
WILLY GEIST: They’ll call that the “Jaws Giorango Debate.” That was a tough moment for Giannoulias.
SCARBOROUGH: Senior loan officer.
BREZINZKI: Yeah. And he didn't know the extent of their --
SCARBOROUGH: He knew they were -- David said did you know that they were criminals. He goes, I didn't know the extent.
BREZINZKI: I don't know.
SCARBOROUGH: I mean, was it -- did they steal $20 million or --
GEIST: Loan sharking here, racketeering there.
SCARBOROUGH: Loan shark…doing heroin on the side. Sometimes --
DYLAN RATIGAN: They go together.
SCARBOROUGH: Money laundering.
RATIGAN: They have the cash.
SCARBOROUGH: That's not a convincing answer.
BREZINZKI: It wasn't.
UPDATED.... "The Hill" calls the debate for Kirk. Some more interesting background on Alexi and "Jaws" that was known several years ago here. NRSC statement here.
UPDATED x2: Liked this piece from Townhall.com: "Brutal: Giannoulias Dismantled on Loans to Mobsters." You'll also like this one, "Congress Needs Some Pest Control" on Bob Dold's 10th District race against Dem Dan Seals.