Monday, October 06, 2008

Obama and his Slumlord Patron

April 23, 2007, BY TIM NOVAK Staff Reporter, Chicago Suntimes

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.

It was just four years after the landlords -- Antoin "Tony'' Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru -- had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers. (read more)


I do not understand why the press is letting Obama get by with portraying himself as a champion of the poor and downtrodden when in fact Obama served as the lawyer representing the corrupt slumlord Tony Rezko who victimized the poorest of the poor.

The press has lightly reported on the sweetheart real estate deal between Rezko and Obama, but the relationship between Obama and Rezko go far beyond the real estate transaction that allowed Obama to purchase his mansion at a favorable price. The more important story is how Rezko enriched himself at the expense of the poor of Chicago while Obama served as an attorney representing this despicable piece of human waste. While Rezko could not find the money to turn the heat on in his apartment buildings, Rezko gave $1000 in a campaign contribution to Obama and raised thousands more.

The 17 year friendship between Rezko and Obama is worthy of being a campaign issue. Not only did Rezko leave his tenants shivering in the cold of the windy city but he defrauded the tax payers out of millions of dollars. This story needs to be told.

Is this the kind of change Obama will bring to Washington? Is the the kind of change we can believe in?

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  1. I thought the debate last night was boring. I did not learn anything new about the candidates.

    I wish they would change the format and let the two talk directly to each other, rather than letting the moderator control everything.

  2. The media has gone over Rezko over and over again. It's not new news for them, or for most people who were following the Democratic primary. If McCain brings it up, the only thing that needs to be said:


    It's a name that sticks, a name that stinks, and a name that's relevant to the economic crisis we're in today. Much more damaging.