Skip to comments.Kirk tries to link Giannoulias to Saddam Hussein
Posted on 08/09/2010 2:21:56 PM PDT by STARWISE
On a day that Democrat Alexi Giannoulias released a new commercial slamming him as a liar, Republican Mark Kirk tried to shift the focus back onto Giannoulias family bank, saying the bank gave a loan to Nadhmi Auchi, who Kirk said sold arms to Saddam Hussein.
According to the New York Times, he was a banker to Saddam Hussein, Kirk said of Auchi. And According to the Observer of London, he was a middleman in the billion-dollar naval arms deal between Hussein and the Italian Navy.
Voters should care, Kirk said: This is not political Kryptonite -- this is Hemlock, Kirk said.
Kirk delivered his remarks after giving a 40-minute speech on foreign policy -- Iran, Afghanistan, etc. -- to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. It was the first of a series of speeches Kirk planned to elevate the debate above mud-slinging in the senate race, Kirk said. Then he went back to trying to link his opponent to Saddam Hussein.
This was a huge loan, Kirk said of the $22.75 million loan the Sun-Times disclosed last week from Broadway Bank to Nadhmi Auchi and Tony Rezko to develop a 66-acre South Loop site. The owners of the bank and its officers would have known that they were lending money to a convicted felon with a record of facilitating arms deals to Saddam Hussein and Im not even talking about Tony Rezko.
Giannoulias campaign said he left the bank five months before the loan was approved and had nothing to do with it. When the loan was signed in February of 2006, Giannoulias was in the middle of a hotly contested primary election for state treasurer. But Kirk still tried to hang the loan around Giannoulias' neck, saying Giannoulias was at least still a part-owner of the bank at the time.
When you look at Treasurer Giannoulias statements, I cant tell when he left the bank, Kirk said. The other day, he said he was at the at bank in March of 2006, which would have been a month after this loan was approved. They were running a federally insured institution and so you would think that dealing with a person barred from the United States, convicted of a felony, that a simple Google search would have revealed his business dealings.
While at various points in the campaign Giannoulias spoke in the present tense about his position at the bank, he was on a leave of absense since September of 2005, his spokeswoman said.
Auchis company continues trying to develop the 66-acre site along the Chicago River at Roosevelt and Clark.
This is part of a disturbing trend of Broadway Bank business policies where it just seems to be an awful lot of convicted felons, mobsters etc., . . . are part of the business portfolio, Kirk said.
Meanwhile, the Giannoulias campaign released a new commercial tallying up news accounts of Kirk falsely claiming credit for military honors or accomplishments he never earned.
I apologize for mischaracterizing portions of my record, and promise to be more precise in the future, Kirk said.
Kirk noted that thanks to the special election, he could become the 42nd Republican in the U.S. Senate as early as November, frustrating Democratic hopes on important issues such as card-check union votes.
Kirk will fly back to Washington this afternoon and he said he expected he will be voting for the Democratic-sponsored $26 billion jobs bill to funnel federal money back to the states this week.
I'm inclined to vote for that legislation, Kirk said. As a Republican moderate, my view is we should not add to the deficit. This legislation does make a number of cuts. . . . that make it deficit-neutral. And it would keep teachers in the classroom.
Kirk brushed off a report in Chicago magazine quoting his ex-wife, Kimberly Vertolli, saying that a Kirk advisor was exercising a Svengali influence over him, convincing him to vote against repealing the militarys Dont ask, dont tell policy.
Kirk repeated his line that he will wait for a report from military leaders to see if a repeal is workable, and added, She was concerned about a couple of my votes. In the end, those are my votes. Kimberly and I are close friends and allies. I support her. She is a decorated naval officer and served with distinction in the CIA and we are very much allies.
Told of Kirks Auchi comments, Giannoulias spokesman Kathleen Strand said, This has gone from the ridiculous to the absurd. Mark Kirk once again proved today that he is incapable of being honest on anything from smearing Alexi's record to conveniently forgetting he supported the failed Bush policies that included shipping jobs overseas to countries like China, doubling our national debt and supporting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
Good old Alinsky/Chicago gangland politics: Accuse your opponent of being what you yourself are.
No wonder Obama is campaigning for this little thug. He fits right in with the rest of the gang.
"Yeah, but don't stand too close to me at the rally. And don't mention healthcare."
Jack Kelly of RealClearPolitics.com offers an excellent overview of Nadhmi Auchis significance in Barack Obamas sphere of influence in a March 2008 piece titled Who Is Nadhmi Auchi and What’s His Tie to Obama? Writes Kelly:
“A British citizen of Iraqi descent, Mr. Auchi, 70, is a billionaire, the 279th richest man in the world, according to a Forbes magazine survey last year. A great deal of Mr. Auchi’s money was made doing business with the regime of Saddam Hussein, much of it under the table. In 1987, Mr. Auchi helped French and Italian firms win a huge oil pipeline contract in Iraq, chiefly by paying off Iraqi officials, according to testimony given by an Italian banker to prosecutors in Milan. In 2003, he was convicted for his role in what was then the largest scandal in French history, involving payoffs from executives of the oil company now known as Total to political figures in Spain, Germany and Africa.
“’He has been able to collect British politicians the way other people collect stamps,’ wrote Nick Cohen in a 2003 profile of Mr. Auchi in the left wing British newspaper the Observer.
“Mr. Auchi was a leading supplier of arms to Saddam’s regime. A former Belgian ambassador to Luxembourgcharged that a bank in Luxembourg owned principally by Mr. Auchi laundered funds — including Oil-For-Food money — for Saddam and other Islamic dictators.
“’The name Nadhmi Auchi was just another name for Saddam’s intelligence service, or so we thought,’ said Nibras Kazimi, a former Iraqi dissident who is now a visiting scholar at the Hudson Institute in WashingtonD.C.
“Mr. Auchi is a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, who has supported Mr. Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
“Mr. Rezko currently is in jail awaiting trial on charges he extorted money from firms seeking to do business with the state of Illinois . Rezko’s bail was revoked Jan. 28 when the trial judge learned that he, friends and relatives had been wired $3.5 million [in May 2005] from firms in Lebanon controlled by Mr. Auchi. The judge feared Mr. Rezko was about to flee the country .
“Mr. Rezko has described Mr. Auchi as a ‘close friend.’ Mr. Auchi says they have only a business relationship. They’ve been partners in a chain of pizza restaurants in Wisconsin and in a major real estate development in Riverside Park in Chicago.
“The connection between Mr. Auchi and Sen. Obama is tenuous. But given Mr. Auchi’s shady past, his history of bribing politicians, it’s not unreasonable to ask if [he], through Mr. Rezko, was trying to buy influence with a rising political star [Obama].”
Below are some additional resources about Nadhmi Auchi:
Heck, I’ll settle for linking him to Barack Hussein.
There are so many article linked on the above thread, it easier to link the entire thread:
Should be enough in the first fifty to hang Alexi!
How can Mark Kirk "frustrate Democrat hopes" and be the GOP's "42nd vote" when he AGREES with the RAT party on virtually every major issue? The article itself even provided proof of that just one paragraph later, where Kirk (as usual) happily jumps aboard the RATs latest scheme.
Seems to be a typo. Review his voting record, and the facts show Kirk will be Harry Reid's 60th vote in the Senate.
Name any important issue... Judges, Iraq surge, Gitmo closure, cap n' trade, ANWR drilling, SCHIP, TARP, abortion funding, embroynic stem cells, assault weapons ban, protecting the definition of marriage, "hate crime" laws, Arizona immigration law, minimum wage hike, UN "climate change" resolution -- Mark Kirk provided the support to pass the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda.
This article proves yet again that Kirk will be far more effective at implimenting Obama's marxist schemes than the crooked mob banker could ever dream of. Kirk will spend six years giving every socialist scheme on the planet a "bipartisan" seal of approval. Alexi will be avoided like the plague by his "fellow Senators" and is just an indictment waiting to happen.