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Billy Goat Beer Summit: Mark Kirk, Alexi Giannoulias Meet For A Post-Election Beer

By Huffington Post
November 3, 2010

The race for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Obama was a rough one. The negative ads seemed endless and harsh words were relentless–but it’s all over now.

On Tuesday night, Republican Congressman Mark Kirk was victorious over his Democratic opponent Alexi Giannoulias. Though Giannoulias was emotional during his concession speech, he mentioned calling Kirk and wishing him the best.

During Kirk’s victory speech, he also mentioned the call, saying that Giannoulias was very gracious and the two agreed to meet each other for a beer at Chicago’s famous Billy Goat Tavern when the race was over.

“I got to like him personally on the campaign, even as we threw stuff at each other,” Kirk told an NBC Chicago reporter Tuesday night.

When asked whether the “Billy Goat Beer Summit” was going to be symbolic of future consensus on Capitol Hill, Kirk replied that he hoped so.

Both of the men turned up for the summit Wednesday, of course surrounded by a gaggle of reporters. No word yet on what was discussed.

WATCH Kirk discuss the beer summit here:

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From The Huffington Post