Friday, February 29, 2008

Reformer: Trial Will Reveal 'Cesspool' of Obama's Allies

With the corruption trial of one of Sen. Barack Obama’s longtime friends and supporters set to begin Monday in Chicago, Ill., reform watchdogs say it will reveal the “cesspool” of Illinois politics in which Obama came of age and has said little about in his campaign for president.

“We have a sick political culture,” said Jay Stewart, the executive director of the Chicago Better Government Association, “and that’s the environment that Barack Obama came from.”

Stewart says he does not understand why Obama has lectured others about corruption in Washington and Kenya but “been noticeably silent on the issue of corruption here in his home state, including at this point, mostly Democratic politicians.”

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Also read: Obama and Me By Todd SpivaK it is a great insight into Obama in Illinois. It starts out: It was the year 2000, and I was a young, hungry reporter in Chicago with a young, hungry state legislator on my speed dial...

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