As New Hampshire votes, the shadow of Tony Rezko hovers.
From Politico this very day: Tony Rezko is scheduled to go to trial in late February … as the RNC helpfully alerts reporters.
CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge in Chicago today refused to delay the fraud trial of businessman Tony Rezko, who’s a key fundraiser for Governor Rod Blagojevich and other Illinois politicians.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve told defense attorneys that they have enough time to prepare for the trial scheduled to start February 25th even though they are still sorting through 1.5 million documents in the case.
Rezko has pleaded not-guilty to charges that accuse him of joining with another major political fundraiser to pressure money management companies who wanted to invest state pension funds.
St. Eve also set a February First deadline after which Rezko will no longer be eligible for a sentencing break for pleading guilty in a timely way.
But Rezko’s defense attorney indicated that his client is determined to go to trial.
The Republicans will employ Rezko to destroy Obama. Big Media does not want to talk about Rezko, now. Big Media will discuss Rezko later. The Republicans will talk, in advertisments, a great deal about Rezko.
We will put all this news in perspective tomorrow.
Early tomorrow we will publish a strategy memo for the next phase of the campaign.