January 23, 2008

SHOULDN'T IT BE "PIZZA PARLORS" TOO?:

Longtime patron may be a problem for Obama: Alleged slumlord and indicted businessman Antoin 'Tony' Rezko has long supported the Democratic presidential hopeful, who has returned related donations (Dan Morain and Tom Hamburger, 1/23/08, Los Angeles Times)

Antoin "Tony" Rezko, an entrepreneur who made a fortune in pizza parlors, Chinese restaurants and real estate, goes on trial next month on federal charges of extortion, influence peddling and conspiracy. There is no suggestion that Obama is involved in any of the alleged criminal activity. But the upcoming trial -- and details of Obama's relationship with its central figure -- could cast a shadow over his carefully cultivated image at a critical time.

In recent weeks, including during the debate, Obama sought to minimize the nature of that relationship. Among other things, he has returned $85,000 in Rezko-related campaign contributions in what a staffer calls "an abundance of caution."

A review by the Los Angeles Times shows that Rezko, a businessman long active in Chicago politics, played a deeper role in Obama's political and financial biography than the candidate has acknowledged.


You can tell just how minor a political figure Mr. Obama is, even in his home state, by what a low-rent character he sold out to. Couldn't the Democrats at least offer us a choice with enough stature that they're worth Halliburton's time and money?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2008 8:38 AM
Comments

I just realized that by Ditka NOT running for Senate a couple of years back and ending Obama's career before it began he guaranteed that Hillary! would have to alienate the black vote by destroying him in these primaries, thereby guaranteeing a complete landslide victory for the GOP! Surely Ditka is far above we mere mortals in his political insight and wisdom, as he is in everything else.

Posted by: b at January 23, 2008 2:42 PM
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