The Chicago Tribune reports that 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 (D).” Rezko received a guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts, including wire and mail fraud, money laundering, and aiding and abetting bribery. Rezko was also a political fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Obama said they “were friends who occasionally socialized” but “now acknowledges that he was drawing too close to a campaign contributor.”
John Kass in the Chicago Tribune writes:
But even as the Republican National Committee uses Rezko to thwack Obama, the RNC has a Rezko problem of its own. And they forgot to mention it on Wednesday.
It’s a big Rezko problem. A big fat one known as Big Bob Kjellander and Big Bill Cellini.