Joe Sestak job offer echoes Andrew Romanoff story
For someone who talks a lot -- to Meet the Press Sunday, to CNN yesterday -- Pennsylvania representative Joe Sestak doesn't say a lot. Especially when he's pressed for specifics about who at the White House offered him a job if he skipped the Pennsylvania Senate primary, where he trounced Arlen Specter last week.
But Sestak's story -- he at least confirms that an offer was made -- says a lot about a deal reported in a September 2009 Denver Post story reporting that Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff, suggested that the White House might find a job for Andrew Romanoff if he decided not to challenge Michael Bennet for his Senate seat.
Romanoff, the former state Speaker of the House, declined whatever offer might have been made and went on to trounce Bennet at this weekend's Colorado Democratic assembly, winning the top line on the August primary ballot.
Romanoff didn't say anything about the alleged offer then (sources suggested it was in USAID), and isn't saying anything about it now.
But plenty of other outlets are bringing Romanoff into the Sestak story, including this May 24 piece in the American Spectator. Fair warning: You may have be subjected to a Michelle Malkin pop-up if you click on the link.
As for Sestak, here's how things went on CNN yesterday: "I will let others speak for themselves," he said when asked whom he talked to at the White House. "You and I should be talking right now about how people are slammed in this economy... I have said all I am going to say on the matter."
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