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Obama’s Mentor Rezko Is ‘Spilling Beans’

From an unsettled Associated Press:

Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, spills beans

By MIKE ROBINSON, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO – Jailed political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration faces multiple federal investigations over how it handed out jobs and money with advice from Rezko, is considered the most vulnerable.

Rezko also was friendly with Obama — offering him a job when he finished law school, funding his earliest political campaigns and purchasing a lot next to his house. But based on the known facts, charges so far and testimony at Rezko’s trial, there’s no indication there’ll be a so-called “October surprise” that could hurt the Democratic presidential nominee — even though Rezko says prosecutors are pressing him for dirt about Obama…

Rezko, 53, a real estate developer, was convicted in June of scheming to use his clout with the Blagojevich administration to squeeze $7 million in kickbacks out of a contractor and seven money management firms seeking to do business with the state.

Within two months, Rezko was seen in U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s office, along with his attorneys.

There has been no official confirmation that Rezko is talking but his sentencing has been postponed indefinitely and both sides say they are going to “engage in discussions that could affect their sentencing postures.”

“They never would have delayed the sentencing if he weren’t talking — it’s proof positive,” said Jay Stewart, executive director of the Better Government Association of Chicago…

Obama has sent to charity $159,000 that Rezko raised for his campaigns for the state legislature, the House and the Senate. Rezko raised nothing for Obama’s White House run…

But questions concerning Obama’s relationship with Rezko linger, particularly over Rezko’s role in the purchase of the Obamas’ home.

The two have known each other for years, starting when Rezko offered Obama a job after he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. Obama didn’t take it, but a friendship developed.

The men talked politics frequently and occasionally dined together with their wives…

We are highly skeptical that anything will be allowed to come out before election day. If ever.

After all, this is the same prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, who swore Richard Armitage to secrecy.

But here is hoping.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama’s Mentor Rezko Is ‘Spilling Beans’”

  1. VMAN says:

    I just heard an Obama spokesman say that maybe McCain shouldn’t have picked someone like Sarah Palin with such low moral character and then I read this and I feel like my brain is going to melt. Am I living in a parallel universe or as someone on S&L “have I fallen through the looking glass”. Good is bad and bad is good? What’s happening to our country?

  2. 1sttofight says:

    I agree VMAN, Actually I think everyone and I mean EVERYONE should take a week off and think about it. I mean everyone, all across the country. Powerplants , transportation, manufactering, grocery stores, resturants, etc. to show just how pissed off Joe Sixpack is at the federal gov and the msm.

  3. Curmudgeon says:

    I just keep breathing deeply and reminding myself that “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet”

  4. 1republicanscientist says:

    I hope Baham-o-bama gets his beans cooked, along with his pork.

  5. Sharps Rifle says:

    Chicago politics goes national…and we all get screwed

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