Alexi Giannoulias opens exploratory bid for US Senate

Some days you wake up and you say 'I feel like I can do a much better job than the person who's in there now.”

— Alexi Giannoulias

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, 32, opens his exploratory bid for Senator today hoping his close association with President Obama, generational appeal, record and early start locks him in as a front-runner in what today is a very undefined field.

Giannoulias, I am told, is running no matter the election scenario or the other contenders. Last week, William Daley, the former Commerce Secretary and mayoral brother, floated his name in order to head off Giannoulias securing early endorsements. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is also mulling a run, with her chances of getting in more likely in a special election.

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias told the Chicago Tribune editorial board that he has started to raise money for a possible run for governor in 2010, but that he'd know within the next "two to six months" if he will pursue the office.

Giannoulias said his interest in the office is due in part by the poor leadership of current governor and fellow Democrat Rod Blagojevich.