Obama: Will He Support Giannoulias?
And will it matter? Obama' early indications are that he's staying away that he's not about to put his neck on the line for Alexi.
Is this Alexi Giannoulias' Sally Field moment?
The White House invited the would-be Senator -- And Gov. Quinn, and Secretary of State Jesse White, and others -- to join President Obama on his whistle stop downstate. He'll be speaking in Quincy (which is, uh....here...) at 11:30am. Get your tickets now!
Until now, observers thought Giannoulias had been snubbed, but who can blame them for presumption: the White House hasn't been overly enthusiastic in the support they have shown.
Just last week, the White House said they would help the Illinois Democratic ticket "up and down the ballot". The Quincy invite went to all statewide elected officials. That's pretty up and down the ballot.
Even if the Quincy stop isn't the "help" the White House alluded to, the event's not an enthusiastic endorsement. Obama's not coming to town to campaign for anyone. His Quincy stop is part of a tour of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, and he'll be focusing on street-level concerns.
But you know Giannoulias and Quinn will be focusing on one thing only: Presidential support. The question now is whether and how Obama will show it.