Illinois Treasurer and US Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’s campaign posted a press release titled “Anti-Establishment Wave Should Have Washington Insider Kirk Afraid, Very Afraid” on wednesday. The release warns Republican Congressman Mark Kirk that he faces a “legitimate challenge from the right with Libertarian candidate Mike Labno officially on the Illinois ballot.”
As with Republican Senator Bob Bennett of Utah, the anti-incumbent wave is on the brink of taking its next victim this morning as incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska faces the more than likely loss to a conservative challenger from the right. Congressman Mark Kirk, a 10-year incumbent Washington insider, has tried and failed repeatedly to curry favor with the conservative base in Illinois, and is now facing a legitimate challenge from the right with Libertarian candidate Mike Labno officially on the Illinois ballot.
“Incumbent Congressman Mark Kirk, who has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 20 years, must be shaking in his boots this morning as the returns from last night’s Alaska Republican primary show incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski facing an upsetting loss from her conservative challenger,” said Alexi for Illinois campaign manager Michael Rendina.
On his facebook fan page, Mike Labno posted the link with the response: “This is very true Alexi, and you should be afraid too.”