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Bickering to the Bitter End

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    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 file photo, Illinois U.S. Senate candidates Democratic Alexi Giannoulias, right, and Republican Mark Kirk look into the audience before a debate in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    They are bickering all the way to the finish.

    Democratic Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias said as of Wednesday, as far as campaign ads go, he was going all positive. But, in this ever so close senate race, the Kirk campaign says that's just not true.

    Today radio listeners on several radio stations could hear Alexi for Illinois radio ads that were had some not so positive things to say about Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk.

    When NBC 5 pointed out the so-called "all positive pledge" seems not to be working, Giannoulias spokesman Peter Giangreco said "we've given the TV and radio stations written instructions to run 100 percent positive ads. Sometimes the stations make mistakes. If there are negative ads that run inadvertently we will correct them as soon as we can. The Kirk campaign however, is still 100 percent negative."

    The Kirk campaign says that's not so. Campaign spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski released the following statement:

      "Once again, Illinois voters are reminded why Alexi Giannoulias is too immature to serve as a United States Senator. The truth is that Alexi Giannoulias has run one of the most negative and misleading campaigns in Illinois history to distract voters from his support for higher taxes and increased government spending."

    Kukowski also pointed out that the Kirk campaign is running two positive ads, "Thoughtful" and "Familia."

    On another issue, the Giannoulias campaign is paying for fliers. Two different ones have been mailed that seem to promote Libertarian candidate Mike Labno. The latest flier says "Terrorists won't kill us ... Cap and Trade Will. " The pictures on the flier are from a Tea Party Rally. The flier offers "Conservative US Senate Candidate Mike Labno's views." Labno didn't pay for the flier. It takes until you get to the fourth page to see actually it's promotional material for Giannoulias.

    Giangreco says "it's part of a coordinated expenditure," and the Democrats want to point out that "Mark Kirk is a flip flopper."