Potential Burris Primary Opponent Raises $1.1 Million

April 7, 2009 5:16 a.m.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has raised $1.1 million for his Senate campaign exploratory committee, in his potential bid in the Democratic primary against Roland Burris — an extraordinary amount, considering the tough economic environment, and the fact that Giannoulias only got in with 28 days left in the quarter.

The Giannoulias committee also says that this does not include any of his own personal or family wealth, or contributions from PACs.

Said Giannoulias: “We were thrilled and flattered by the outpouring of support that we’ve received over the last 3 1/2 weeks, and I think it’s evidence that people are hungry for fresh leadership and new ideas in Washington, D.C.”

Maybe people are just hungry for a candidate who isn’t Roland Burris.

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