Rev. Wright Alleges That Obama Friend Offered Him a Bribe to Stay Quiet

May 13, 2012
10:52 pm

Guess the Rev. Jeremiah Wright wants to increase sales of his new book. Reports from The New York Post, WGN TV, Fox NationTMZ and other outlets today are publishing Wright's claims that he was offered a bribe to stay silent by a friend of then-candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. According to WGN TV, several Democratic leaders are saying that claims are "fiction" and "a stunt to sell books."

Wright, as many recall, was the subject of an intense campaign to discredit then candidate Obama because of the reverend's controversial statements about America. Here is a clip of what WGN TV in Chicago reported:

Wright is publishing a new book and he spent time with the Post to say more about his claims:

"Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy.

“After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”

“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.

“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.” “He offered you money?”

“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”

“How much money did he offer you?”

“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.

This campaign has gotten ugly and it will continue to do so. More distractions to follow, for sure.