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Obama and Chicago Mores

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 3, 2008

On Tuesday, Barack Obama may well wrap up the Democratic nomination. Yet how he rose so quickly in Chicago’s famously suspect politics — and who his associates were there — has received little scrutiny.

That may change today as the trial of Antoin “Tony” Rezko, Mr. Obama’s friend of two decades and his campaign fund-raiser, gets under way in federal court in Chicago. Mr. Rezko, a master fixer in Illinois politics, is charged with money laundering, attempted extortion, fraud and aiding bribery in an alleged multimillion dollar scheme shaking down companies seeking state contracts.

John McCain’s dealings with lobbyists have properly come under a microscope; why not Mr. Obama’s? Partly, says Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, because the national media establishment has decided that Chicago’s grubby politics interferes with the story line of hope they’ve set out for Mr. Obama. Former Washington Post reporter Tom Edsall, who now teaches journalism at Columbia University, told Canada’s Globe & Mail that “reporters have sometimes allowed themselves to get too much caught up in [Obama] excitement.” Then there are Chicago Republicans, loath to encourage the national party to pounce because some of their own leaders are caught in the Rezko mess.

For its part, the Democratic Party may once again nominate a first-time candidate they haven’t fully vetted politically. Democrats flocked to Michael Dukakis in 1988, ignoring Al Gore’s warnings about Willie Horton; later they were blindsided by revelations about Bill Clinton after he was elected president.

This year, Hillary Clinton made a clumsy attack on Mr. Rezko as a “slum landlord” during one debate. But her campaign has otherwise steered clear — at least until last Friday, when Howard Wolfson, a top Clinton aide, suggested to reporters on a conference call that “the number of questions that we don’t know the answers to about the relationship between Mr. Rezko and Mr. Obama is staggering.” Mr. Obama’s campaign told me they have answered all questions about Mr. Rezko and have no plans to release any further records.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Hat Tip: Steve T

Related: Rezko Watch follows the Money

Also, things could be getting dicey for Obama, especially if he is called as a witness in the Tony Rezko case currently underway in Chicago.

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Post Debate Interview With Carl Mumpower

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 3, 2008

Here is Richard Bernier with Carl Mumpower.
Richard Bernier has a show on URTV called Sound Off Buncombe.

Carl Mumpower’s Campaign Website.

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Post-Debate Interview With Spence Campbell

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 3, 2008

Another interview from Richard Bernier from his show, Sound Off Buncombe, which airs on URTV.

Spence Campbell Campaign Website.

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