White House Sending Campaign Help for Giannoulias

Alexi Giannoulias' campaign said today that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina would be coming to Chicago in June to campaign for the senate candidate.

"Should be a good time," said spokesperson Matt McGrath.

A White House spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Giannoulias has weathered speculation over the past few months that the White House isn't publicly showing support for his campaign.

The latest announcement isn't exactly occasion for rejoicing -- with school sunder seige and class sizes poised to increase, Duncan's not exactly the most popular or galvanizing figure in the current administration.

As for Messina -- who's that?

Obama's last visit was the occasion for much breathless speculation on the topic, and whether Obama would stump for him -- even though the visit was federal, not political.

From that visit, Giannoulias got a shout out from Obama -- and a hug.

Today's announcement comes shortly after the White House announced that Obama would be returning to Chicago for Memorial Day. Whether that visit will include any time for Giannoulias is yet another subject for debate.

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