Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said today that he has been subpoenaed to testify at the corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The first-term Illinois treasurer says Blagojevich's defense team subpoenaed him. Giannoulias is locked in a contentious race for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat with Republican Congressman Mark Kirk.
Kirk's campaign says the development is part of a "troubling pattern" with Giannoulias that includes regulators shutting down his family's Chicago bank.
Giannoulias says he introduced a friend of Obama's to a union official. The friend, Valerie Jarrett, allegedly was Obama's choice to replace him in the Senate after he was elected president.
Giannoulias' name was mentioned briefly last week during Blagojevich's trial.
Published at 3:25 PM CDT on Jun 27, 2010 | Updated at 3:30 PM CDT on Jun 27, 2010
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