Jobs I Don't Envy: Whatever Joe Sestak Got Offered at the White House

Seriously, this guy's life sucks right about now. He lost a sweet cushy gig at the White House and now he can't even pour out his heart and soul to get it off his back. The White House will have to get back to you on that.


Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Thursday his brother has spoken with White House officials about the congressman's allegation that he was offered an Obama administration job if he would stay out of a Democratic Senate primary.

Sestak ran in, and won, that primary, defeating the White House's preferred candidate, Sen. Arlen Specter.

He told reporters Thursday that he would not expand upon his prior statements until the White House releases its report on the matter. President Obama said in his news conference such a report would come "shortly."

Richard Sestak, who has served as his brother's top political adviser and campaign lawyer, spoke with administration officials Wednesday, Joe Sestak said.

"They got ahold of my brother on his cellphone, and he spoke to the White House . . . about what's going to occur," said Sestak, who said he expects the White House will release its information Friday. He declined to elaborate on his discussions with his brother.

OK it's not completely suspicious that the White House needs a couple days to put together a statement. Way to bumble that one, WH press team. Listen, we know you have a lot on your plate but seriously...

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


elf2006real said...

The Game.

If there's a smoking gun here - if there was an explicit quid pro quo offer of get out of the primary in exchange for a job (believed to be Sec of the Navy) - then there's a Federal felony.

The commonly held view is whatever was proffered was offered by Rahm Emmanuel. The WH Chief of Staff, and BHO's SOB (every President needs one, so I'm quite OK with the SOB part). In fact the leaks *seem* to indicate he's being setup for the sacrificial lamb.

If it's just political, he's leaving anyway - wants to run again for office in ILL (governor?).

If it's criminal - here's the money shot - Rahm Emmanuel is no H.R Halderman. Nor Colson, Erlichmann, G. Gordon Liddy. Or that's my bet. He was leaking hedges on his bets as regards HCR/ACA. Also he's got some Fannie skeletons in the closet.

If he's put in a position of Omerta means jail - he'll be John Dean. The prize Watergate witness - WH counsel flipped by Nixon's persecutors. No jail for that lawyer. And given a choice I don't see a ballet trained Chi-Town shyster going "hard" time in the "slammer".

Rep Issa knows there's no chance of their being a special prosecutor or Congressional hearings of any consequence this year, but he's getting it on the table. For next year . There's good reason to believe the Repubs will have one or more houses of Congress on Jan 21st 2011.

Watergate started as nothing. It grew. I am not saying Watergate, Clintongate, or a possible Penn-gate would be good. Just what may be happening.

pudenda shenanigans said...

As @andylevy said on Twitter:

Look, if the White House's report on the White House says the White House did nothing wrong, who are we to raise questions? #sestak

pudenda shenanigans said...

There's a lolworthy update at the bottom of this Byron York column:

Except for the fact that it's not funny.