Friday, June 04, 2010

Oh, about Sestak and an unpaid position

As much as the White House tries to downplay the story, it just will not go away. Nor should it. Here's another layer of the controversy, from Scott Detrow of WITF Radio:

Governor Rendell says he had several conversations with the White House about keeping Congressman Joe Sestak out of the Democratic Senate primary. But, he says he did not know the administration offered Sestak an unpaid position.

Rendell says he talked "three or four times" with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel about how to persuade Sestak to back out of challenging Arlen Specter.

Rendell says he knows Democrats would have retained Sestak's congressional seat if he ran for re-election, but says he's now worried Republicans could take it over this fall. "Chief of Staff Emanuel and I discussed that. No question about it," he says. "That's why I know the White House didn't offer him a full-time job.

Because the White House's main emphasis was getting him to stay in the Congress and run for reelection as a congressman. So I'm certain there was no full-time job offer."

Rendell calls the continued focus on the White House offer "much ado about nothing," and says Republicans calling for a special investigation into the matter are just playing politics and wasting time. President Obama says the administration did "nothing improper" in using former President Bill Clinton to offer Sestak an advisory position.

Much ado about nothing? Uh, sorry Mr. Rendell. Especially when it has happened more than once.

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