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Sen. Obama, time to call us about Rezko: (312) 321-2417

When the compliant, Obama-supporting national press finally started asking questions about his dealings with indicted Tony Rezko earlier this week Obama literally headed for the wings rather than answer a few tough questions.

But while the national press interest in this story is new, Obama's avoidance of the questions isn't -- the Chicago Sun-Times has been asking hard questions of Obambi for quite a while, and a tight-lipped Barack is stonewalling on this issue.

So the Sun-Times turned up the heat with a call for Obama to come forward and come clean, with the publication of the following editorial under the headline "Sen. Obama, time to call us about Rezko: (312) 321-2417."

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of political influence peddler Tony Rezko. This would be the time -- before a single witness takes the stand -- for Barack Obama to finally share every detail of his relationship with Rezko.

Rezko stands accused of funneling state business to companies that lined his pockets and made campaign contributions to Gov. Blagojevich. Rezko allegedly directed $10,000 to Obama's 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The criminal charges against Rezko in no way implicate Obama in any wrongdoing, but they do raise the question of dealings between the two men.

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?

Only recently - and only after the story broke in the press - did Obama admit that his pal Rezko toured the mansion with him. What deal was struck that then prompted Rezko to put wealth in Obama's pocket with that real estate transaction?

Obama's call for the Clintons to release their tax returns was met with their timetable for doing so - the Clinton campaign literally agreed to do so while the Obama campaign was in a conference call requesting they release the returns...

...but here we see that questions raised by the editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times some time ago are still being avoided - stonewalled - by the mighty man of change. Maybe Barack is still pouring over speeches made by others so he can find the right words to plagiarize...?

While Obama was forced to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable donations from Rezko (after repeatedly misrepresenting the amounts which were donated) apparently Barack Obama wants to hold onto the personal wealth he's received from his Rezko association...

That "Change" is going to stay right there in Obama's pocket...

So many questions - and he won't answer them.


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