The Rezko Bomb
- Once Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton uttered the name "Rezko" at a Democratic presidential debate last Monday, she moved to center stage and shined a spotlight on Tony Rezko, facing a Feb. 25 trial on federal corruption charges. Sen. Barack Obama's long relationship with Rezko is a major political problem for him in the primary, and in the general election if he wins the nomination.
Until the debate, Rezko's complicated ties with Obama mainly were contained in the pages of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, with the national press only occasionally visiting the story of a career patron of Obama who raised money for his state and U.S. Senate campaigns.
It remains to be seen how in depth the national press is willing to go to see where Rezko raised money, who he funneled it to and what ties Obama has to the Chicago Machine. Hillary has her own fund raising problems with Hu in California and an entire laundry list of contributors tied into China.
Obama's South Carolina trouncing of Hillary was too soon after the Rezko allegations surfaced to see if they stick and weigh down Obama going into Super Tuesday. There are eight days until that primary and that should cut the field down to two when Edwards drops out. How long the rest of the bloodletting goes on, who knows?
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