Chamber Attacks Giannoulias, DSCC Projects Confidence
The Chamber of Commerce is ramping up its attacks on Democrats today. As part of its pledge to spend at least $50 million in the current election cycle, it has cut an ad that targets Illinois Democratic senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias.
The ad, which is airing today before President Obama returns home to Chicago and does some serious fundraising for Giannoulias tomorrow, attempts to link the Democrat to the state’s 10.5 percent unemployment and asks, “Does anyone think that Alexi Giannoulias can create jobs?”
The Chamber is likely targeting Giannoulias not just because of Obama’s support, but also because of the upswing he’s been experiencing at the polls following revelations that his Republican opponent Mark Kirk was embellishing numerous aspects of his military and his teaching record. Giannoulias’ favorable poll numbers, combined with new positive polling for Democrats in a few other Senate races, has prompted Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director J.B. Poersch to boast that the Democrats’ hold on the Senate is looking increasingly secure:
In Nevada, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Illinois, Democratic prospects have improved over the last five weeks as Republican candidates have been exposed for their extremism, evasiveness and exaggerations. Despite the headwinds of history, Democratic Senate candidates in these states – two of which would be pick-up opportunities – are becoming increasingly competitive.