Another of Barack Obama’s slime-ball associates is in the news this week.
Antoin Rezko was convicted yesterday on 16 counts, including fraud, bribery, and money-laundering in an influence-peddling scheme.
According to Sen. Obama’s campaign, Mr. Rezko may have raised up to $250,000 for him during the years they have spent together in the Chicago political machine. The Obama campaign claims that it has donated $159,085 traceable to Mr. Rezko, his family, and his associates to charity.
Sen. Obama has also been linked to Mr. Rezko in a shady real-estate deal. Three years ago, when the rookie Senator was buying a house, Rita Rezko, Mr. Rezko’s wife, purchased an adjacent lot and then sold it to Sen. and Mrs. Obama, reportedly at a below-market price. Sen. Obama later called the move “boneheaded”.
Yesterday, echoing his 20-years-too-late distancing from Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Obama said, “This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew.”