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According to the Republicans, there is a reason to give Valerie Jarrett, who was just named his Senior White House Advisor, the side eye:

Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers and Obama financial backers Rezko and Allison Davis. (Davis is also Obama’s former boss.) Jarrett was a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation along with several Davis and Rezko associates, as well as the Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization, an organization that worked with Rezko and Davis. According to press reports, housing projects operated by Davis and Rezko have been substandard and beset with code violations. The Chicago Sun Times reported that one Rezko-managed housing project was “riddled with problems — including squalid living conditions…lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers.”

These Republicans can get real funky when they don’t get their way, and we can be sure this isn’t the last attempt to drag skeletons out of the closet. And in case you may have been wondering, the Rezko character is locked up in the Fed Pen at the moment for the crimes mentioned in the article.


Here is some background info on Valarie when you pop the hood…

Jarrett, 51, a Hyde Park resident, is a veteran of Chicago’s City Hall who went on to become the CEO of The Habitat Company, a major Chicago real estate firm as well as serving on a variety of civic and corporate boards. […] Joining the campaign while still juggling her Habitat duties, Jarrett functioned as a friend–dining with Obama and other pals before a debate–as a top surrogate for the fund-raising drive–and as an advisor, often with Obama on the campaign plane.




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