"Sen. Obama is a very intelligent man, and everyone ... was very familiar with who Tony Rezko was. So it was a little stunning that so late in the game Sen. Obama would still have such close involvement with Rezko."
—Cindi Canary, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
"I am sure that Obama saw in Tony the same thing that many of us saw — someone who was willing to help if asked, and for little in return." —Michael Rumman, a former top Illinois official and Rezko business partner
"It was simply not good enough that I paid above the appraised value for the strip of land that he (Rezko) sold me. It was a mistake to have been engaged with him at all in this or any other personal business dealing that would allow him, or anyone else, to believe that he had done me a favor. —Sen. Barack Obama
Sources: The Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times