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Steve Brown

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Durbin ‘Unaware’ of Giannoulis Bank Woes?

January 29, 2010 - 12:44 PM | by: Steve Brown

It’s THE subject of  political chatter in Illinois. So…it’s hard to understand how Senator Dick Durbin has missed the front page stories…Chicago talk-radio…and all the television news coverage about Broadway Bank…it’s financial troubles…the FDIC consent order…and how all of it has become a BIG problem for Alexi Giannoulias.

Broadway Bank is the Giannoulias family business…founded by his late father. Giannoulias worked at the bank as a loan officer before getting elected State Treasurer. Questions about bank’s recent money-losing ways have dogged the Giannoulias…who has long been the front-runner in the Democratic Primary contest.

But catch this exchange this morning in Chicago between Fox News Channel producer Ruth Ravve and Senator Durbin…because he says he’s not up to speed on the hottest story in the biggest primary race:

Ruth: “How will the banking scandal affect Alexi Giann’s campaign?”

Durbin: “I don’t know anything about that, I’m sorry”

Ruth: ”Really? You must have read about it in the papers or seen it on TV?”

Durbin: (shaking his head no)  “I voted, I was an early voter.  I’ve not endorsed.  I leave it up to the voters of the state to make that decision”

And then Durbin walked away.

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