Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who is now running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Roland Burris in the 2010 election, is now pouncing on GOP Congressman Mark Kirk — who has been mulling whether to run for Senate himself — for having openly told the Chinese government not to trust America’s budget numbers.
Giannoulias released this statement:
“In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Mark Kirk is essentially telling China, which holds more U.S. debt than any nation on earth, not to trust the American government, and by extension, the American people. This puts the full faith and credit of the United States at risk and threatens to permanently wreak havoc on the credit markets that are essential to our recovery and our economic future.
“Congressman Kirk’s reckless actions demonstrate a terrible lapse in judgment and should be immediately retracted,” said Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.
Kirk is not an official candidate at this time, and Giannoulias has yet to actually nail down his own nomination. But a Dem is clearly taking an early opportunity to keep this story alive and attack a potential rival.