Giannoulias Officially Enters 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias officially launched his campaign for U.S. Senate during a seven-city statewide swing beginning Sunday in Chicago and Springfield. Since forming his exploratory committee in March, Giannoulias has received an outpouring of support from Illinois residents throughout the state and has collected 1.8 million from donations.

Giannoulias, 33, frequently invoked Obama in launching his bid for the Democratic Senate nomination. He portrayed the race as a choice between the politics of the future or the “tired politics that voters rejected in 2008”—a veiled slap at recently announced GOP contender, North Shore U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, 49.

When he was asked by reporters if a person with not much experience in public office is suitable for the US Senate he had an answer.

“I don’t think it’s about who’s held office the longest,” he said. “I think it’s about who’s got the best ideas, who’s going to move this country forward, who has a history of having an innovative principled office, someone who’s going to bring some integrity back to the process so people can be proud of their United States senator.”

On Monday, Giannoulias will also make stops in Carbondale and the Metro East area. On Tuesday, Giannoulias will visit Rockford, the Quad Cities and Peoria. (Details about events in these locations will be announced later this week.)