In the wake of the deepening Joe Sestak Job Bribe scandal, the AP opened its eyes and realized that Sestak wasn’t the only Democrat politician offered a job in exchange for not challenging an Obama-favored rival.
As reported here last week, Obama’s White House also offered Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff a job in exchange for dropping his August 10 primary bid against incumbent Michael Bennett.
As in Sestak’s case, Romanoff didn’t drop out. And, also as in Sestak’s case, Romanoff subsequently didn’t get the job.
[Administration] officials [who spoke to AP] declined to specify the job that was floated or the name of the administration official who approached Romanoff, and said no formal offer was ever made. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss private conversations.
The episode follows a similar controversy in Pennsylvania, where the White House last year turned to former President Bill Clinton to suggest Rep. Joe Sestak back out of another primary in favor of an unpaid position on a federal advisory board.
Is anybody really buying that Sestak was offered an unpaid position to drop his bid for the high profile job of US Senator? Would anybody take an unpaid position rather than the chance at being a Senator? Still, the AP reports the details of the offer as presented by the White House as fact.
Unlike Sestak, Romanoff has ducked questions on the subject, and it was not clear how long his discussions with administration officials lasted.
Romanoff had sought appointment to the Senate seat that eventually went to Bennet, publicly griped he had been passed over and then discussed possible appointment possibilities inside the administration, one of the officials said.
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