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VoteVets Push Back at Mark Kirk

By Kevin Robinson in News on Feb 5, 2010 4:20PM

The National Republican Senatorial Committee took a swing at Alexi Giannoulias the day after the primaries, launching an ad accusing Giannoulias of alleged mob ties at his families bank, as well as Rod Blagojevich and Tony Rezko. The ad, which played off popular notions of American mafioso lore (with a dash of the Sopranos thrown in for a laugh) caught the attention of the media, and showed what both Kirk and the NRSC had in mind in terms of the tone of this race.

VoteVets, a national 501(c)(4) non-partisan political action committee has launched an ad of its own, nationally, but also in eight states, including Illinois. In the Illinois ad an Afghanastan veteran from Chicago takes issue with Mark Kirk's policies on energy security, as well as the fact that he's taken campaign contributions from multinational energy corporations that have interests in nations that sponsor terrorism. With Rasmussen showing Kirk polling 6 points ahead of Giannoulias and 10 percent of voters undecided, we're sure we'll see more ads taking both candidates to task for their positions, as well as who they're accepting campaign help from.