Tony Rezko was convicted this past Wednesday and this doesn't play well for the Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, and could come back to haunt Obama. From the Chicago Tribune:
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."
I really believe it's so lame and such a poor explanation when Obama says, "This isn't the Tony Rezko I knew..." or "This isn't the Rev. Wright I knew..."
If you worked closely with the man or knew him for 20 years, HOW COULD YOU NOT KNOW? Seriously. Either Obama is a really poor judge of character and doesn't deserve the White House or he's so self-interested and ambitious that he's willing to turn a blind eye to his questionable friends.
Sidenote, my first job out of college was working for Governor Jim Edgar of Illnois as a legislative liaison (lobbyist for the governor). I remember when Governor Rod Blagojevich was a state representative and the laughing stock of the state house. In committee meetings, each time he would open his mouth almost everyone would roll their eyes because we knew that he would say something completely idiotic or something without any value to the discussion. Through the power of family and luck, one of the most stupidest men I have ever known is now governor of my home state.
More on Obama from The Wall Street Journal, "Haunted by Rezko"