May 4th, 2010
04:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Kirk mentions BP, accuses Giannoulias of distracting in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Republican Mark Kirk's new ad mentions embattled energy company BP."]
(CNN) – Illinois Republican Rep. Mark Kirk is out with a new television ad that both accuses his opponent of distracting voters and refers to embattled energy company BP.

Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois State Treasurer, will face off in November's midterm election in an effort to win the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

The 30-second spot says Giannoulias is trying to distract attention from the recent failure of the bank founded Giannoulias' family which was seized by the FDIC late last month.

Related: Giannoulias discusses family bank in TV ad

Then the ad turns positive and focuses on Kirk's record. "Because of Kirk's record on stem cells and stopping British Petroleum's pollution of Lake Michigan, he's called 'independent' and 'effective,' the ad says.

Asked for a response to the new Kirk ad, the Giannoulias campaign said Kirk was not in touch with voters' concerns.

"Only someone as out of touch as Congressman Mark Kirk would say talking about jobs and the economy during a campaign is a distraction," Giannoulias campaign spokesman Matt McGrath told CNN.

The ad, entitled "Distract," will run on broadcast and cable outlets for the next few weeks in select markets in Illinois, according to the Kirk campaign.

Charlie Cook, a respected political handicapper, rates the race as lean Republican in Kirk's favor. Stuart Rothenberg, another respected handicapper, rates the contest as a toss-up.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Alexi Giannoulias • Illinois • Mark Kirk
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. ib

    Family bank failure; no big deal just look at the tax cheaters that are serving in the White House oh I forgot they just didn't realize they had to pay the taxes.

    May 4, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Joseph B

    Kirk is first and foremost a Republican. He tries to claim he is a moderate because he is younger and more attractive than most Republican candidates – but he is a Republican through and through and would prefer to see America fail than America succeed if the Democrats are in power. Giannoulias is a terrible candidate as well. Poor choices for us in Illinois again this year.

    May 4, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. RM

    To paraphrase a famous philosopher: "The origin of every great fortune; was a crime"

    May 4, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. mike

    when is a republican concern about pollution that is the best joke
    I heard of in a long time lets face it they represent business and
    could give a crap about what business does for there community
    as long as they get there money who cares about everyone else
    now there going to run around and say they are for the environment
    to save there job but once they get back in it is back to the same old

    May 4, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. johnnyhouse

    On the oil situation. We are at the corner of walk or don't walk.

    May 4, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. larry

    Is this guy's great great grandson the father of James T. Kirk?

    May 4, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Michael

    Seems to me that linking your campaign to an unfolding disaster is not only distracting voters, it's a bit crass.
    As usual, the GOP candidate plays dirty, then accuses the opposition of doing the same thing. Josef Goebbels would be proud.

    May 4, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Steph

    I am already tired of the political ads. It's going to be a looooong summer.

    May 4, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    I certainly hope none of my tax dollars go to handouts for all of the seafood industry fishermen and tourism industry folks in the Gulf. If they're too lazy to go get another job, that's their problem, not mine. I say, "pull yourselves up by your bootstraps." But they'll probably sit around all day watching Oprah and waiting for the check to arrive in the mailbox. See, aren't trite stereotypes fun? Have a nice day!

    May 4, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Dan

    They can punch each other, meanwhile the disaster caused by the huge "Barak-atrina" oil spill is just growing while politicians are at business as usual mode! No change!

    May 4, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. as an american

    I don't like either candidate and i'm from chicago. Why can't we have politicians that can actually speak the voice of the people like they are suppose to do and no be a yes man to their party. I just can't trust any politician anymore. I have a few on my mind that actually fight for their constituents but only a very few from Illinois and for that matter i can say the same for each's kindof pathetic that we've lost our way this much with representation. People need to start doing their research instead of listening to the politicians themselves and actually believing them all the time...and thats for both parties

    May 4, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Denna

    Personally, I like Alexi's ad better. Instead of bashing Kirk, he simply says that if his 30 year old family bank can fail, anyone can. Personally I think Mark Kirk is a smug little monkey who thinks he's better than anyone else. If elected he will join the evil cabal of Rethugs trying to torpedo this country. I am really starting to take their refusal to cooperate personally. What about American citizens, huh Mark? What about us? Seriously, is continually sticking knives in President Obama's back really in the best interest of America? Is it?

    May 4, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |

    Stop BO pollution of our country and constitution!!

    And let's hear something from the silent and complicit state-controlled MSM about Vera Baker please. Apparently, we got rid of that slimeball John Edwards, only to be replaced by his evil twin!

    May 4, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Those of you attempting to blame the British Petroleum disaster on President Obama are crazy!

    1. Katrina, was a hurricane, a natural disaster!
    2. Bush was WARNED that Katrina was picking up strength, days before it made landfall in New Orleans!
    3. Bush DID NOTHING to prepare for Katrina, leaving everything up to the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans!
    4. It wasn't until there was an outcry from the U.S. that Bush actually went down to see the damage!

    The British Petroleum disaster, was managed by BP; they are on record for having DOWNPLAYED the spill in the first few days.

    BTW there is no technology that exists that will solve this disaster! All we can hope for is that they can contain the spill!

    I am always shocked at the ignorance of the far-right.

    May 4, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. 60s survivor

    ridiculoso. politics is killing us and mother nature

    May 4, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |