March 10th, 2010
12:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Illinois candidate meets with White House officials

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

Filed under: 2010 • Alexi Giannoulias • Illinois
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Has he passed the White House test for being against the constitution of the United States? Has he passed the SEIU/ACORN test of being a corrupt slimeball. That is all that would matter to the Obama run White House. Unamerican slime ball liberal.

    March 10, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Dutch

    I'm with you Mr. Giannoulias.

    March 10, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. SocialismBad

    How wonderful! So this clown runs a bank into the ground so of course he is emminently qualified to be a Democratic candidate so he can help the rest of the Democratic INCOMPETENTS in DC run the country into the ground as well.

    Maybe he should clean up his bank mess before creating any more messes the taxpayer will have to clean up?

    March 10, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Stallion

    Lol......this is too funny......Alexi wants to help the president fix the broken system? Haaaaaaa. Poor poor poor are so confused my son....but you have given me a tremendous laugh might have a future in comedy. By the way Obama going to bail your family owned bank out?

    March 10, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. terry,va.

    The reason why the "system" is broken is because of Obummie. We don't want his socialist policies. He fooled the kids into voting for his BS not blue states and not red states but united states. The majority of the under 30 crowd are against him now. Better late than never. He also said hope and change. Yes we are getting change but nothing that most Americans want. I just hope this clown goes away before he destroys are country.

    March 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Can someone PLEASE vet this guy? This time? Enough of the drama already in IL.

    March 10, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Gar

    Too many Democrats in the senate already...aren't there any good republicans who can win?

    March 10, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Stacie

    Alexi's better than that jerk Kirk. The one who was a pro-choice moderate before he bacame a lunatic conservative. Kirk was for the federal prision in northern Illinois before he was against it, AND he hasn't said what his plan would be for creating jobs in the area surrounding the vacant prision. Kirk, the jerk, turned into a just say No conservative just in time to win the nomination...but who is the real Kirk?

    March 10, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    So, this is the guy that is going to ensure that Kirk wins the seat vacated by BO....thanks for the gift....schmuck

    March 10, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Daniel

    Talk about a meeting of the minds. One guy who ran his family's bank in the ground meeting with a guy who is running the country in the ground. If they want to fix the system, go away. Giannoulias is an example of why someone would run for office. You fail in the private sector so go into government. He should join Obama's cabinet and maybe he could right the banking reform. This administration and their handlings is becoming more and more of a joke daily.

    March 10, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Sue

    Just like many others.........This seat is going to turn RED--thank goodness.

    Based on all of the corruption charges/allegations--which most proved to be true---the INDEPENDENTS will not let this seat remain blue.

    Again, the majority of Independents--are going to vote Republican in 2010--just like what happened in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

    This means Republicans AND Independents voting AGAINST the Democrats.

    And, the Independents are the largest voting block in our country-–you do not win elections without the support/votes of the Independents.

    March 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Helen

    I think everyone that have posted negative comments are Republicans. Why do you people continue to lie. Obama have not bankrupt this country or ran it in the ground. You see you people are so stupid that only the truth will be seen and told when he leave office like Bush and the country is on it last leg trying to stand up.

    So you see don't say that he is running the country in the ground, it was there when he was elected. The only thing he didn't do was let it sink and then have to remove all the crap just to see what he was working with. So stop the madness and start saying positive things. You all negative people will be surprise how this country will bounce to a great place in just five months from now. So keep your head in Bush's sand and maybe one day you will see that he left nothing but red clay for you to chalk on.

    March 10, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. A Taste of Reality

    I love people who "claim" that Obama is against the Constitution. Most of the people that have said that "Obama does not like the Constitution" or whatever have not even read it and likely if they have they probably cannot comprehend the complexities of it. Recognize he was a professor of constitutional, I'm pretty sure he knows far better than some ignorant folk that are against him and his policies. And, another thing – just because you and some people that you know are against his policies it doesn't not mean "EVERYONE" is against his policies. You either need to look at the bigger picture or getting better networking skills to broaden your relationship community. It is completely fallacious to even state that everyone is against his policies; rendering any argument that you do have invalid.

    March 10, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Read the constitution

    Alexi is a bigger fraud than Obama. Alexi's bank which he "bragged" about running is going to need a Federal bailout. It has also given loans to mobsters and Tony Rezko. These dems have a lot of gual rolling out scum like this.

    March 10, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Tim

    He's there to give Obama advice on how to fix banking. Obama will reciprocate by telling him how to dodge any connection to corruption.

    March 10, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Jane Sullivan

    @awaitingliberal..yadda yadda at 12:30pm. What's your deal? Did a union organizer scare your momma while she was carrying you? You have an obvious obsession with SEIU (do you even KNOW which union affiliation this is?), George Soros (where did you learn HIS name? on Faux News, or Rush's radio sleazefest?) and never, never, never actually pose any intelligent ideas, or suggestions for improvement, just hateful, badly put together ranting. Want to see an unamerican slime ball? look in a mirror.

    March 10, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    Greeks, Democrats, failed business and failing economies. I think I see a connection here...

    March 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |

    Who in their right mind would vote for anyone for a seat in the senate
    from rhe corrupt city of Chicago. We have the WH full of these folks.
    A city that has been in the grips of crime bosses for the past 100 years and still going strong. Wake up and smell the roses,just
    hope they are not on your tomb stone,or mine either.

    March 10, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. il independent

    These comments are so hate filled its sad. Obama told the under 30 crowd what is true and the republic socialist hate it. Lets think about all this socialism claim. I consider a war without cause ,the death of thousnads weekly without cause real socialism. socialism to the rich rich that is. I love to here pople bash unions when if they had 1 like i do they would love them but as most poeple know its easier to bash what u don't have.

    March 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    "keep President Obama's old Senate seat blue " I thought this was the people's representation not the democratic parties' seat?

    March 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. reality check

    Please terry,va there is nothing socialist about changing regulations and keeping the insurance companies in private hands, with additional customers. The President has done a good job of having the congress write health care legislation. He has asked for republican ideas and put them in the bill. We know the republicans can't govern, and they won't allow the democrats to govern. So here we sit because one side dosen't believe in government.

    The system is broken, but that started under Reagan conitinued under Bush, was magnified by the disaster of a speaker of the house Newt Gingrigh, and then finished of by Bush two.

    It's time to let the big boys and girls govern and have the republicans and tea party people get out of the way.

    March 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. all the news that's fit to omit

    Dutch -I'm with you Mr. Giannoulias.


    You are not allowed to post here ever again.

    Mr Kirk, be expecting a visit from Rahm in your shower, he is going to make you an offer you can't refuse.

    My hope is Kirk punches the little twirp so hard that his ballet shoes fall off.

    March 10, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. File under "Sarcasm"

    Oh, oh, can he get Obama to campaign for him? That will be the final nail in the coffin for his campaign.

    Of course, President Obama will have to somehow ignore that he's one of those greedy, evil bankers who took advantage of people with shady loans. (He was the senior Loan Officer of the bank.)

    March 10, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Steve Judd calling, how mature and helpful. I was surprised to see the Fox "News" crowd commenting on the CNN website.

    March 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |