[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/10/art.giannoulias.file.gi.jpg caption="Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias visited the White House Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - The Democrat who hopes to keep President Obama's old Senate seat blue was at the White House on Tuesday.
Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois State Treasurer and Senate candidate, met with administration officials while he was in Washington, D.C. for a Greek Independence Day celebration.
"My meetings today at the White House have been very productive," Giannoulias said in a statement. "I want to help the president change the broken system here in Washington."
Giannoulias will face Republican Rep. Mark Kirk in November, and has in recent weeks faced a series of questions about his role in the management of his family's bank.
White House Press Secretary offered measured support for Giannoulias when asked about the visit.
"Alexi Giannoulias is the Democratic nominee for the United States Senates, and has the support and backing of the White House," said Gibbs.
Giannoulias also announced on Tuesday the addition of former Obama fundraiser Jordan Kaplan to his campaign staff.