Monday, December 11, 2006

Blago courted Obama basher

As we said recently, the race is on between the Barack Obama hype and the efforts by Hillary Clinton surrogates to undermine him.

One of the first people out of the blocks to take a hard shot at Barack was a man Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich once courted.

John Catsimatidis, the supermarket magnate and Clinton loyalist, received a dinner invitation from Mrs. Clinton on Thursday. He didn't waste any time before taking shots at the viability of her potential rival.


"To take Obama seriously at this stage of the game is very naïve," said Mr. Catsimatidis. "He's not ready for prime time. What, do you want to take the weatherman from Boise, Idaho, and put him in New York City? I mean, give me a break."
Blagojevich and his merry band of fundraisers, two who since have been indicted, flew to New York in 2003 on the "Shakedown Shuttle." Check out the first stop on the schedule.

Apparently, the Blagojevich crew didn't impress Catsimatidis. He was one of the only people on the schedule that day who didn't immediately contribute money to Blagojevich.

Maybe the Greek grocery tycoon called Paul Vallas first.

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