There’s nothing like a little help from your friends. Especially if that friend happens to be the President of the United States. Even more so if the office you are seeking used to belong to that friend.
Alexi Giannoulias and Gov. Pat Quinn have a lot at stake come Nov 2 when the Democratic hopefuls will be up against a formidable political fight. Alas, the President is on his way–hopefully to save the day, a Senate seat, and a governor, all on behalf of the Democrats looking for victory on Election Day.
Stretching his political muscles, President Obama will swoop into town again to assist Alexi Giannoulias, who is a basketball buddy of the Prez. He is also seeking Obama’s former Senate seat in a double election; one to fulfill the time left as well as a four year stint that Obama knows all about. The President was just here in early August raising funds among middle income Americans, $10 to $250 for the Senatorial candidate’s campaign.
Scheduled to arrive this afternoon, Obama has a busy agenda. His first stop: The Drake Hotel downtown, hosting donors contributing $500- $2,400 to be at the event. He’ll attend a reception, then head over to a private gathering in the Gold Coast where it costs $15,000 per ticket to get in. And, they get to hear and see the President.
Giannoulias will get additional help from Michelle Obama next week as she launches her midterm political tour. The first lady will be headlining fund-raisers for Giannoulias, plus Illinois House candidates Rep. Debby Halvorson, Rep. Bill Foster, and Dan Seals.
Here in the city, the sounds of political banter, friendly hellos, small talk, and chatter can be heard from Rahm Emanuel and the citizens of Chicago. It all started Monday when the mayoral hopeful launched his “Tell It Like It Is” listening tour. Emanuel started full speed ahead at the beginning of the week, showing up in Chitown neighborhoods impromptu to hear what the residents had to say. He has been meeting and greeting folks all week, but may tone the tour down for a day or two so he won’t upstage the Prez.
Obama did a radio spot for Gov. Quinn which will air Monday, urging citizens to vote for the governor, the man who will be his choice on Nov. 2. Then, Vice President Joe Biden will do his part to bolster the candidate, attending a voting rally, “Putting Illinois Back to Work” at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 130 Hall on the near West Side.
Right now, Quinn has finally overtaken his opponent, state Senator Bill Brady after lagging behind for awhile. Politics Daily reports that a Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll conducted Sept. 24-28 revealed Quinn received 39 percent to pull ahead of Brady, at 38 percent. Like Giannoulias and Kirk, they are neck-in-neck. Other gubernatorial candidates include 3 percent to Green Party candidate Rich Whitney; 2 percent goes to Libertarian Lex Green.
Both races are going to be right down to the wire come Election Day. Oct. 5 was the last day voters who want to participate in the Nov. 2 election could register. For those who missed the cut-off date, there is a grace period to register from Oct. 6-26, but there are stipulations: registrants must vote when they register. They are not eligible to participate in Early Voting or vote at the polls on Election Day. Grace period registration and voting takes place at the Clerk’s downtown office, 69 W. Washington St, Chicago; call at 312-603-0900, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. For more details, visit here and here.
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