Antoin Rezko, who raised money for Obama's U.S. and Illinois senate campaigns and, with whom Obama had some peculiar financial relationships, was convicted of federal corruption charges Wednesday for his part in an illegal kickback scheme.
Obama reacted to the news much as he did when we first learned about the hateful sermons of Obama's longtime spiritual adviser, Jeremiah Wright:
"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," Obama said in a statement.Obama sure doesn't seem to know the people he associates with.
The following video explains Obama's poor judgment in his 20-year association with this crook:
Obama did admit the appearance of impropriety in connection with a series of financial arrangements he made with Rezko to improve their adjoining properties. Nevertheless, Obama hasn't been as forthcoming about his relationship with Rezko as he should have been. A year ago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle. That was much more than Obama ackowledged until recently.
In March, Obama admitted the amount was $250,000:
Obama acknowledged that Rezko had raised $250,000 for him — about $100,000 more than had previously been disclosed and about five times more than Obama conveyed during a November 2006 question-and-answer exchange with the Sun-Times.
Like Obama's refusal to visit Iraq to see the results of the surge, his 20-year relationship with a crook like Rezko and Obama's 20-year relationship with his minister of hate, raise serious questions about Obama's poor judgment.