“CHICKEN” GIANNOULIAS TAKES A PASS ON RAISING $26K FOR KIDS

Bills Bout with Giannoulias

Kelly Takes Swing at Senate Candidate on Eve of Oct. 24th Mercy Bout

(CHICAGO) – On the eve the Ringside for Mercy’s Sake bout, Illinois Comptroller Candidate William J. Kelly is calling out U.S. Senate candidate Alexi “Chicken” Giannoulias for selfishly passing on an opportunity to raise funds for needy kids at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

In August, Kelly had challenged the candidate to a $20K boxing challenge for charity at the Ringside for Mercy’s Sake which takes place this Saturday, October 24th. In September, Kelly upped the challenge to $26,000 in September – the price of the Giannoulias’ $26K SUV purchase using Bright Start monies, a $2 billion college savings fund for families that has lost $85 million since his term began.

“Alexi is just not man enough to fight me,” remarked Kelly about Giannoulas’ pass on the October 24th fight for charity. After everything that’s happened, I would have thought he would be happy to do something for the kids,” said Kelly. “As a candidate for U.S. Senate, Giannoulias is supposed to be a role model. A good one, not a bad one.”

Kelly has not let up on Giannoulias since then. Kelly cornered the candidate on-tape at his fundraiser questioning him on accepting the endorsement and contributions from the ACORN-tainted SEIU union. Media criticisms have mounted this week against on Giannoulias, focusing on the candidate’s statements about not accepting PAC money. But the Center for Responsive Politics reports that Giannoulias, who is Illinois’ treasurer, collected over $500,000 from PACs from 2006-2008, and for his US Senate run, Alexi has collected over $18,000 in PAC cash. Kelly was repeatedly criticized for the video ambush by influential liberal blogger, Rich Miller at http://www.capitolfax.com.

In September, The Washington Times also reported Kelly’s confrontation with the U.S. Senate candidate on tape about him holding a fundraiser on the morning of 9/11 when the first plane hit the Twin Towers.

Kelly’s SEIU video available at:
http://friendsofwilliamjkelly.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/breaking-news-kelly-confronts-giannoulias-on-acorn-tainted-seiu-endorsement/

The Washington Times story and video is available at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/15/illinois-senate-hopeful-heckled-fundraiser-sept-11/

William J. Kelly is running on a political platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller. Cited recently by the Washington Times as a new breed of media entity, William J. Kelly was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union. He ran for Congress against Rep. Bobby Rush (D) in 1994 and exposed the Congressman’s $50,000 in back taxes, child support, and unpaid parking tickets. Kelly is the host and executive producer of the TV series, “Sportsaholic” and the Emmy award-winning “Upscale TV,” which just completed a successful three-year run on FOX.

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