Bad Timing for Barack Obama … Tony Rezko Trial Starts … Change? Looks Like Political Business As Usual


The Obama momentum may be coming to a quick end …

The timing of the start of the Tony Rezco felony trial, a once a top fund-raiser for Sen. Barack Obama, could not be any worse for the Democratic candidate of “Change and Hope”. After months and months of the media asking little no no tough questions of Barack Obama, no gloves may be ready to come off. Prompted by the Clinton campaign, Barack Obama is about to get a lesson in what it means to be vetted. Obama’s Rezko ties hardly seem like a political change … looks to be political business as usual.

In politics, perception is everything … Barack best answers the questions.

Sen. Obama hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing in the case. But in recent days, the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, has leveraged the opening of the trial to spotlight Sen. Obama’s ties to Mr. Rezko.

Sen. Obama has acknowledged his ties to Mr. Rezko. During a news conference Monday, he rejected the idea that “we have been trying to hide the bone on this.”

Rezko In Debt $50 Million; How Did He Afford Obama Lot?

Accused Illinois fixer Antoin “Tony” Rezko is in debt by $50 million and relies on “family” handouts of $7,500 a month to pay monthly costs, according to a previously sealed court transcript reviewed by ABC News.

Rezko’s bleak financial picture raises the question of how the Rezkos were able to buy a vacant lot adjoining the home of Sen. Barack Obama in 2005, at a time Rezko says he was already in deep debt.

Obama says he sought Rezko’s help because the house he wanted to buy in Chicago’s Hyde Park came with an adjoining lot the seller wanted to sell at the same time.

Unable to afford it himself, Obama says Mrs. Rezko bought it for $625,000, and then later sold a strip of the lot back to Obama so he would have a larger yard. Obama says he paid Mrs. Rezko a fair market price.

According to the court transcript, Mrs. Rezko makes $37,500 a year.

Obama has defended Rezko’s role as legal but says it was “a bone-headed mistake” to involve him in the deal.

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  • Comments

    14 Responses to “Bad Timing for Barack Obama … Tony Rezko Trial Starts … Change? Looks Like Political Business As Usual”

    1. dennisintn on March 6th, 2008 1:08 pm

      the “change and hope” both of the democratic contenders are for is a return to their “glory” days when washington lobbyists were leaving huge donations on their desks as the special interest groups they represented bought the votes they needed to get their favorite laws passed.

    2. Lynne B on March 6th, 2008 2:58 pm

      This is an old story and if there was anyway that HRC could do a slice and dice on Obama with it, she would have done that by now…Why not create headlines with some sort of relevance.

    3. Paul V on March 6th, 2008 3:26 pm

      Such a bogus Article..Nothing will come of it, Not as much as the Obama dirt,
      With that slum lord who was indited,, That is funny how Obama saying on the news
      That he Trying to give back the money,, When Hilary had problems with someone who
      Gave her who got in trouble, She gave the money right back,, No Obama,,
      He say he trying to give it away Ya he is to running adds… Obama will get caught
      More so than this Clinton Dirt Add, every time the Obama Cult come out with
      there so called Dirt, it hits him back Ten folds,,Obama has his own trouble
      Like not winning any big states then this pathectic Dirt attempt
      Obama was already caught lying about Nafta..
      So true,,, soon your going to say when Obama live on the news telling reporters No one in his campaign meet with Canadians leader,,,than a few days later ,Obama back tracked,, ya they met but it not what was said,,,,, If Obama don’t know what his own top guys,,, he not going to be much of a leader, No one made Obama lied on tv,,, that all Obama,,, plain and simple,,, can’t blame Hilary,, for that,,, that why I am switching my Vote for Hilary…..

      He can not win a big state no matter what anyone say He can not get elected with out winning a big state, and because he lied about Nafta, No matter how you cut it,, He lied on video that now one from his campaign meet with the canadians,, but ti was true, show you how barack going to run the show,and because of his wife
      Michelle Obama is hurting Barack Campaign she need to get off the campaign trail,,, Really she look like Mike tyson with Hair for god sakes.

      Barack is not going to win the presidency,,
      He can not even win 1 big state,,, Everyone is caught up in this Barack Obama magic show, the democrats just gave this campaign away to the republicans, Barack will never see the white House only if he takes a tour,,, The Obama campaign
      think if Hilary gone he will pick up the other half of the Democratic votes,,, that is where he is wrong,,,He will only pick up a third of Hilary votes, the there 2/3 well half of them are going to act like obama voter if obama don’t win they are not going to vote ,,, 1/3 of Hilary voter will not vote,,and the other third is like me I voted for Hilary
      I am voting for Experience, which is Hilary,, if Hilary is pushed out ,, My vote like tens of thousands are going to vote for McCain,,, If Obama get Hilary to be her vice president,, Obama will still lose, but if Hilary win she will take the presidency Obama can be vice president,, so he can get On the job training ,,,, this is the only way its going to work,,, American people are so dumb,, thinking Obama got a shot, even tho he has not won a single big state it going to matter,, Even the Media is finally see that..
      Who has more experience, well in order
      1 Hilary
      2 Ron Paul
      3 McCain
      4 Barack
      That sums it up right there, Hilary in this for the long haul She is fighting Barack , McCain & the Media and she still doing good,, She has half the democratic votes, LOL
      Now that is funny,,,,, Do the math,,,

    4. Richard on March 6th, 2008 3:53 pm

      Anyone know how to get in touch with his family?
      I could use a handout of $7,500 a month ….

      Of course, there is a “family” and then there is “the family,” which in Italian translates to something like Cosa Nostra. Perhaps this is the family mentioned? (No offense or slur implied or intended against anyone of Italian ancestry.)

      $50 million in debt and he’s buying a vacant lot? Maybe he knows the right banker….

    5. Richard on March 6th, 2008 3:55 pm

      In re Clinton vs. Obama, Shakespeare, as usual, said it best, this time in Romeo and Juliet:

      “A plague on both your houses!”

    6. katablog on March 6th, 2008 9:33 pm

      Paul V. – Please explain to all of use just what Hillary’s “experience” is. I did just write a blog about what she finally revealed today as her experience – is that what you are talking about?

      Hillary’s experience: traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan – on the taxpayer’s dime no less. In my book that qualifies her for travel agent.

    7. SUPER DAVE on March 7th, 2008 7:26 am

      all you can do is to choose the least criminal minded of the three candidates. then you still have a crook for president !obama is looking more the criminal every day.
      i think the remaining candidates will save the very best dirt for the last run. obama is on the defensive now Hillary has him on his heels backing up.we can only wait to see which one is the luckiest of the bunch.

    8. katablog on March 7th, 2008 8:44 am

      I guess you are right Super Dave, but I can’t get myself to vote for a criminal. Yes, the dirt on Obama, the messiah, is finally coming out. But the big question is will people continue to ignore it just as they have ignored the dirt on the Clintons for years.

      I’m reading a book Unlimited Access written by Gary Aldrich, a former FBI agent in the Whitehouse during the Clinton Administration. It just adds to the dirt we already knew or heard rumors about.

      How the Hillabeast can talk about contributors to Obama’s campaign after her close encounter with Norman Shu is beyond my reasoning.

      This election seems to have taken everything I’ve believed about my Country all my adult life and turned it upside down. I’m depressed. I’m depressed that so many of my fellow Americans seem to care more about “winning” for their own purposes than corruption and evil. I’m depressed that the three people in line for the Presidency of the USA are all law breakers who don’t give a wit about Americans or America but rather their own personal agenda. I’m depressed that I have NO choice in November.

      I’m depressed that it takes hundreds of millions of dollars to buy an election and he who raises the most money has the best chance.

      I’m depressed that they all talk about the “poor” and act concerned about the plight of the small business and American worker and yet they all are willing to spend millions upon millions simply in an election!

    9. Mish on March 7th, 2008 11:47 am

      The Clinton camp was the first one to phone the Canadian Gov and then it all got turned on Obama
      Heads are going to roll up here over Naftagate

      The Canadian Press said that Mr. Brodie,Prime Minister Stephen Harpers chief of staff did more than talk up the budget. According to the news agency, he also told a group of CTV employees who were in the room and heard him, that the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York had contacted the Canadian government and told it “not to worry” about her promise to reopen the trade agreement and that Canada was to take her comments with a grain of salt.

      thats true Because I read it the very first day the news broke way last week before it even hit the news in the US.Thats why I was baffled when the US news ran with the only culprit being Obama. There is a huge investigation going on right now over it all and last night on CBC they were saying this is very serious for the Canadian Gov.

      Sorry but if you took all the Clinton scandals from whitewater to Peter Paul,to body count, the crook hsu who gave her campaign money,etc,etc
      Senator Obama would come out squeeky clean compared to her and he would have to go some to catch up to her!! She would attempt to get power at any cost in my opinion!

    10. katablog on March 7th, 2008 3:32 pm

      NO candidate left in the 2008 election is “squeaky” clean. In fact, I don’t think you call any one of them decently washed.

    11. Sweet_thang on March 8th, 2008 11:21 am

      In my humble opinion, with the liberal media fawning all over Obama at every turn, he has strong momentum going for him. If he does get elected, his presidency will quickly become known as:


      (kind of like the Jimmy Carter presidency! Remember for example, those 21% interest rates?)

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    13. brie on March 20th, 2008 8:05 am

      Democrats are dumb….why would you even elect him in the first place….he’s black and a Muslin..and has an attitude affiliated with Rev…asshole Wright….

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