There has been non-stop talk this week about Joe Sestak’s job offer by the Obama administration if he wouldn’t run against Arlen Specter. Now we have some answers:
Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he’d be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.
But the White House maintains that the Clinton-Sestak discussions were informal, according to the sources. The White House, under pressure to divulge the specifics of its interactions with Sestak, will release a formal statement later today outlining their version of events, including Clinton’s involvement.
As Gregg points out, the fact that Clinton was actually involved in this shows how much the White House didn’t want Specter to have to face Sestak in the primary. Regardless, I still don’t see anything illegal, or even unethical in this. These are the type of games that happen in Washington all the time. Sure the people are tired of it, but Democratic and Republican administrations have both engaged in the same practices for decades. The Republicans calling for a special prosecutor is nothing more than a grand stand, but given that Clinton is involved now, I’m sure they will push it even more.
Per a breaking news alert from AP, Clinton suggested an “unpaid, advisory role” to Sestak. So it wasn’t even an actual “job”, but rather letting Sestak stay in the House and also act as an advisor. Nothing wrong with that.