Before Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias could even finish his press conference in Chicago yesterday to highlight the need for strong family and equal-pay policies, the Illinois Republican Party had sent an email blast to reporters attacking the company hosting the event: Granite Innovations, located in Chicago's West Loop. The GOP press release read: "[P]erhaps the State Treasurer could ask his hosts to pay the $26,446 they owe the State of Illinois in back taxes." One small problem, though: Granite Innovations had actually paid those tax bills.
The response from Giannoulias spokesperson Matt McGrath:
Mark Kirk and his Republican allies hit a new low today, spreading an
irresponsible, malicious lie in order to smear an Illinois small
business owner in the furtherance of a political agenda, and the only
honorable thing for Congressman Kirk to do is to repudiate his party
chairman, Pat Brady, and apologize to Ms. Dandamudi immediately.
UPDATE: Getting back to the topic of Giannoulias' original press conference, Ellen Beth Gill helpfully reminds us of Kirk's not-so-sterling record on women's issues.