- - Monday, October 18, 2010

ILLINOIS

Giannoulias denies role in bad loans, investment

CHICAGO | Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias describes himself as someone with the judgment and guts to make his own decisions, but he sometimes passes the buck on political liabilities.

In an interview Monday with the Associated Press, Mr. Giannoulias said he wasn’t involved in his family bank lending money to people linked to organized crime. He made the claim although he was one of the bank’s top executives and he personally inspected the property involved in one of the loans.

Mr. Giannoulias is the Illinois state treasurer and oversees a college-savings program. One investment option in the program lost about $150 million.

Mr. Giannoulias says he was just following the advice of financial experts when he continued to use the troubled investment plan.

The 34-year-old Chicago Democrat insists he would be an independent voice if elected to the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

Polls show Mr. Giannoulias locked in a statistical tie with Republican Rep. Mark Steven Kirk with about 2 percent of voters undecided.

NEVADA

Angle tells Hispanic pupils they look Asian

LAS VEGAS | Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle is seen in a new video making an unusual comment about race, telling a group of Hispanic students that some of them look “a little more Asian.”

In a meeting with Hispanic students Friday, Angle defended campaign ads that lean on images of dark-skinned men to blast rival Sen. Harry Reid’s record on illegal immigration. She claims she didn’t know the people in the TV spots were Hispanic.

A new video of the meeting released by the Las Vegas Sun on Monday shows the Republican candidate arguing that it is difficult to pinpoint someone’s race.

She tells the Hispanic students that some of the students look “a little more Asian” and says she herself has been called Nevada’s first Asian legislator. Mrs. Angle is white.

OHIO

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