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Barack Obama’s Friend, Mentor, Financier and Neighbor –Tony Rezko

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National’s Stephen Spruiell has been filing great reports on the trial of Barack Obama’s close friend and financial enabler, Tony Rezko. Start with this column from Thursday. Key graphs:

Obama’s relationship with Allison Davis -the alleged go-between in Rezko’s scheme to shake down Tom Rosenberg -could pose another problem for him. Obama worked for Davis at the law firm of Davis Miner Barnhill. Later, when Obama sat on the board of a charity called the Woods Fund, he voted to invest $1 million in a partnership operated by Davis, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Levine’s testimony in the Rezko trial puts Davis in the middle of an attempted quid pro quo, making him yet another associate Obama might be pressured to disown. And the trial could stretch well into May, at which point a Rezko conviction could lead to even more headaches for the candidate. If Rezko is looking at a long prison sentence and decides to start talking, who knows what he might say?

Obama as a John Grisham character at Chicago’s version of The Firm? Who knows. But read Spruiell and keep an eye on –your one stop shopping source for all the news from Chicagoland’s biggest attraction.

And don’t miss Mark Steyn as he surveys the fading side of the Dem race as closing time approaches at Team Hillary.

But would you quit before Denver is a single day’s news cycle could bring news of a crack the Chicago omerta?

If Hillary leaves the field and we get another round of Wright sermons or Rezko admissions, or tapes of Obama surface from his race against Bobby Rush –wouldn’t that leave the door open to Al Gore? Hillary stays in until Denver if only to assure herself of the nomination if Obama melts in the summer sun.


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