When I first saw the headline on Fox News, I was struck by the highlighted connection between the convicted Tony Rezko and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko was a fundraiser for Blagojevich, but he was a huge fundraiser for President Obama’s original US Senate campaign too!
Here is Fox’s current breaking headline. Click on it for the full size. It reads, “Federal Judge Sentences Ex-Blago Fundraiser ‘Tony’ Rezko to 10.5 Years in Prison for Corruption.”
OK, so how about other news outlets? The Associated Press in Chicago has the following in the first paragraph of their story.
A federal judge has sentenced a former top fundraiser for Illinois’ ousted governor Rod Blagojevich to 10 1/2 years in prison for corruption, but he will get credit for time he has served.
Obama is not mentioned in the short story at all. Yes, I know this trial dealt specifically with the corrupt Illinois governor, but no mention at all? As a side note, trail experience as a defendant should be listed on Rezko’s resume for goodness sakes.
Prior to the verdict just announced, the Huffington Post had this article that has since been updated to include the actual sentence. (The first version discussing the possible sentences for Rezko.)
A former top fundraiser for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose trial exposed a culture of pay-to-play politics in Illinois, was sentenced Tuesday to serve seven more years in prison for corruption.
Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a former Chicago real estate developer and fast-food entrepreneur, has been in custody for 3 1/2 years while awaiting sentencing. He was sentenced to a total of 10 1/2 but will get credit for that time he has served.
In the Huff Post article, Obama gets a mention.
The 56-year-old Rezko also was a political fundraiser for Obama during his campaigns for Illinois senator, though not for his presidential campaign. Obama has not been accused of wrongdoing in the case, but his relationship with Rezko became an issue during the 2008 election.
As a reminder, Tony Rezko was instrumental at getting Obama’s 2003 Senate campaign kicked off, was on the finance committee for the campaign, and there were a couple of interesting land deals between the two that seem completely legal, but raised a few eyebrows.
Here is a Solon article from 2008 on Rezko with a a little bit about the Obama/Rezko relationship. Obama has nothing to hide here (legally), other than the fact he should have shown some guts and outright stayed completely out of Rezko’s circle of influence. But I guess that’s part of Chicago politics … if you want to move up, best kiss ass with the “fixers.”