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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sun Times asks the questions Obama refuses to answer

The Rezko trial could be devastating to Barack Obama. It won't implicate him in any wrongdoing, per se, but it's going to have some embarrassing repercussions. The Chicago Sun-Times has some questions that remain unanswered:

As recently as Sunday, on ABC's "This Week" program, Obama's campaign strategist, David Axelrod, insisted that Obama has fully responded to every question posed by reporters. But this is not so.

For months, Sun-Times investigative reporters have had a standing request to meet with Obama, face to face, to get answers to questions such as these:

• How many fund-raisers did Rezko throw for Obama?

• Obama is donating $150,000 to charity that Rezko brought into the campaign. But how much in all did Rezko raise?

• Did Rezko find jobs for Obama backers in the Blagojevich administration or elsewhere?

• Why did Obama only recently admit -- after Bloomberg News broke the story -- that Rezko had toured his South Side mansion with him in 2004 before he bought it?

It should also be noted that the mansion that Obama bought was $300,000 less than advertised, and likely due to the fact that the Rezkos bought the lot next door to it. Was the purchase of that lot some sort of favor to Obama? It's against Senate ethics rules for people to grant favors to senators. That's what this purchase looks like. Additionally, the overall sale itself just stinks to high heaven. Either the lot was overvalued, which some state that it was, or the house was.

Trials like this have a funny way of raising more questions than those above. They also have a way of letting out more embarrassing information that might hurt a candidate. On Monday, Sun-Times reporters ventured to Texas to ask these questions. Obama cut the presser short, and stormed off angrily proclaiming that "I just answered eight questions." But he didn't. He still hasn't.

Captain Ed is correct. As this trial goes forward, there will be more questions from the local media. But the national media will have to start asking those questions, and similar ones. In other words, they're going to have to start scrutinizing his relationship with Tony Rezko, and it might not be as pretty as Obama has been proclaiming.

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