In January John K. Wilson posted at ObamaPolitics.com concerning Sen. Obama’s connections to real estate developer and political fixer Tony Rezko, recently convicted of a raft of crimes involving political corruption.
Wilson’s post included this:
When Obama began his first run for public office in 1995, Rezko was among his first contributors. After Obama began looking for a new home in Hyde Park in 2005, it’s not surprising that he asked for advice from Rezko, a real-estate developer who was familiar with the neighborhood.But Wilson's post left out some very important details that had been reported more than six months before.
Rezko discovered that the lot next door to the house Obama was eyeing was for sale by the same owner, and he bought it the same day the Obamas closed on their home.
From the June 13, 2007 Chicago Sun Times:
… Two years ago, the two men were involved in a real estate deal that Obama later apologized for, calling it "boneheaded'' and a "mistake'' because the transaction occurred while Rezko was widely known to be under federal investigation.I call your attention to Obama supporter Wilson because he’s begun posting at Huffington and has a new book out - “Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest.”
Rezko's wife paid full price for a vacant lot in Chicago's historic Kenwood district on the same day Obama bought the mansion next door from the same property owner for $300,000 below the asking price. Rezko's wife subsequently sold a sliver of the land to Obama.
Easy prediction: Many in MSM are going to like the book. We’ll be hearing and reading many “interviews” with its author. He’ll be treated not as a hagiographer, but as “someone who's studied Senator Obama's career extensively and we’re happy to welcome as our guest today on NPR affiliate ..."
Wilson's post is here; the Chi. S-T report is here.