Obama Friend Rezko Guilty on 16 Charges
Convicted criminal Tony Rezko has been a friend and major supporter of Barack Obama.
He is also a neighbor.
During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged- Sun-Times.
The $1.6 million Obama home in Chicago sits next to the Rezko lot. (CBS2)
CBS2 Chicago still has video posted on the shady Obama house deal from a November 2006 report.
Obama also partied with Rezko and even gave a toast to Saddam’s front man Nadhmi Auchi at one of their get togethers.
Barack Obama’s corrupt Chicago friend Tony Rezko was convicted on 16 charges of corruption today.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
A federal jury today convicted developer Antoin “Tony” Rezko of corruption charges for trading on his clout as a top adviser and fundraiser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Rezko’s guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts could have broad repercussions for Blagojevich, who made Rezko a central player in his kitchen cabinet. It could also prove a political liability for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who once counted Rezko as a friend and fundraiser, as the likely Democratic presidential nominee heads into the general election campaign against Republican John McCain.
“I’m saddened by today’s verdict,” Obama said Wednesday. “This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew, but now he has been convicted by a jury on multiple charges that once again shine a spotlight on the need for reform. I encourage the General Assembly to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent these kinds of abuses in the future.”
The 10-woman, two-man jury deliberated for parts of 13 days before convicting Rezko of scheming with Stuart Levine, a longtime Republican insider, to extort millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval.
But, of course, we all know, this is just another distraction.
Here is the AP video of the conviction news:
Power Line has more on the Rezko-Obama relationship.