January 15, 2008

WHO KNEW ABC WAS SO RACIST?:

The Rezko Connection: Obama's Achilles Heel?: Obama's Connection With an Accused Political Fixer Raises Questions (BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ, Jan. 10, 2008, ABC News)

In sharp contrast to his tough talk about ethics reform in government, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., approached a well-known Illinois political fixer under active federal investigation, Antoin "Tony" Rezko, for "advice" as he sought to find a way to buy a house shortly after being elected to the United States Senate.

The parcel included an adjacent lot which Obama told the Chicago Tribune he could not afford because "it was already a stretch to buy the house."

On the same day Obama closed on his house, Rezko's wife bought the adjacent empty lot, meeting the condition of the seller who wanted to sell both properties at the same time.

Rezko had been widely reported to be under investigation by the U.S. attorney and the FBI at the time Obama contacted him and has since been indicted on corruption charges by a federal grand jury in a case that prosecutors say involves bribes, kickbacks and "efforts to illegally obtain millions of dollars."

This week, a federal judge in Chicago ordered the Rezko trial to begin Feb. 25.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2008 6:09 PM
Comments

Ah, if he had only traded in cattle futures or potential resort property on Lake Michigan.

Buying real estate in the city is just too public.

Posted by: ratbert at January 15, 2008 8:28 PM

As a long time Chicagoan, I find the idea of a local politician - especially a Democrat - as a symbol of hope and change.

Posted by: Rick T. at January 15, 2008 10:09 PM
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