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August 25, 2008
Obama, Biden and the Daley Machine
It is unwritten law in Chicago politics that nobody wants nobody nobody sent. Thus it is no surprise that Joe Biden and Barack Obama have friends in common in the Daley Machine.
Joe Biden has described himself as a 30-year friend of Joseph Cari, Jr. Cari is a veteran Chicago political operative who had been the Midwest field director to Biden's 1988 presidential bid. Cari was reported as being poised to take a major role in Biden's 2008 White House run but something happened along the way. He got indicted for participating in the kickback scheme involving contributions to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. This is the same scheme that involved Obama friend Tony Rezko. In fact, Cari was a key witness at Rezko's trial.