At a Secretary of State's Forum held by the Cook County Democratic Party on Saturday, June 5, candidate Alexi Giannoulias was asked if he had ever endorsed a Republican. He said that he had not. In fact, in 2014 he endorsed Republican Tom Cross for statewide office against a Democrat. This was widely reported at the time by outlets including The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and Capitol Fax.
Alderman Scott Waguespack reacted, saying, "I am very troubled by Alexi Giannoulias's statements at the forum over the weekend. He was asked a direct question from committeemen and lied about it. He tried to brush it off, claiming he only said 'nice words' about Cross. But when it was reported as an endorsement then, he didn't say anything to the contrary. If he's lying about something that can be so easily fact-checked, what else can we expect?
"I am endorsing Alderman Pat Dowell for Secretary of State because she embodies honesty and integrity and hard work. We need these qualities in Illinois public servants," said Alderman Waguespack.
Alderman Pat Dowell said, "I promise the people of Illinois that I will work hard for them, innovate the Secretary of State's office, and provide the best service to the public. And I will always be honest -- that is who I am."
Alexi Giannoulias was on the record with multiple news sources saying that he endorsed Tom Cross, now he says he didn't.
Link to Chicago Tribune article:https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/chi-democrat-giannoulias-backs-republican-cross-for-state-treasurer-20140921-story.html
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