The Chicago Tribune reports:
A federal jury today convicted developer Antoin “Tony” Rezko of corruption charges for trading on his clout as a top adviser and fundraiser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Rezko’s guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts could . . . prove a political liability for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who once counted Rezko as a friend and fundraiser, as the likely Democratic presidential nominee heads into the general election campaign against Republican John McCain.
“I’m saddened by today’s verdict,” Obama said Wednesday. “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. I encourage the General Assembly to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent these kinds of abuses in the future.”
“This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew.” Reminds me of what Obama said about Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago.
Weird how that keeps happening, huh?