Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rezko rap

CBS 2 Chicago has a rundown on the speculation that Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the convicted felon who was Barack Obama's first political sponsor, who is apparently talking to federal authorities.

Rezko faces another fraud trial next year regarding the sale of his Papa Tony's pizza restaurants.

What Rezko knows, and what he is probably talking about, means big problems for Illinois' embattled governor, unpopular Democrat Rod Blagojevich.

From CBS 2 Chicago:

Prosecutors investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration would plainly like to hear what Rezko knows, and there is plenty of incentive to talk.

One prominent defense attorney told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine, "I've heard 18 different ways that Rezko is talking."

Another says Federal Marshals are regularly transporting Rezko from the Metropolitan Correctional Center to the U.S. Attorney's Office. It is, what appears to be, a major about-face for Rezko.

Rezko had nothing to say to prosecutors while he was on trial. But all that seems to have changed after six months behind bars in the notorious federal prison in the South Loop.

While on trial this spring, Rezko complained that he was forced to wear underwear that other inmates have worn. It was laundered first, right Tony? Presumably the North Shore millionaire has found other unpleasant things while residing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Last year, another onetime Blagojevich confidante and fundraiser, Christopher Kelly, was indicted on tax charges unrelated to the Rezko "pay to play" scandals.

Blagojevich is trapped in a corner.

As for Obama, we may learn soon that his buddy Rezko is a much worse man than we thought.

Which will give the Illinois senator the opportunity to expand on his comment, "That's not the Tony I knew," upon learning of Rezko's guilty verdict in June.

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