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  Alexi Giannoulias officially in the Senate race
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jul 27, 2009 11:27am
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AuthorRick Pearson
MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateMonday, July 27, 2009 05:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFirst-term state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias firmly affixed his candidacy for the U.S. Senate to President Barack Obama on Sunday, contending that a new generation of leadership in the mold of the man he considers a mentor will outweigh any taint of scandal surrounding Obama's former Senate seat.

Giannoulias, 33, frequently invoked Obama in launching his bid for the Democratic Senate nomination. He portrayed the race as a choice between the politics of the future or the "tired politics that voters rejected in 2008" -- a veiled slap at a recently announced GOP contender, North Shore U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, 49.

Asked by reporters whether someone with little more than two years in public office was qualified to sit as a senator, Giannoulias said, "They said the same thing about Barack Obama." Obama spent eight years in the state Senate and two years in the U.S. Senate before winning the White House.

"I don't think it's about who's held office the longest," he said. "I think it's about who's got the best ideas, who's going to move this country forward, who has a history of having an innovative principled office, someone who's going to bring some integrity back to the process so people can be proud of their United States senator."
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