TLP: You Know This is Nowhere Near Over
Sorry, but I can't quite figure out this sort of political maneuvering. Is it considered smart to claim that the White House kind of maybe suggested that there might be a job or three for you someplace if you drop out of a race?
A Democratic candidate challenging Senator Michael Bennet in a Colorado primary said on Wednesday that the White House suggested several possible jobs with the administration in an effort to get him to drop out of the race, much as it did in a Pennsylvania primary.So, Romanoff feels the need to come clean, given that the Denver paper has already reported on it and the Sestak mess is swirling. Romanoff is still in his race, trailing. Some of this is covering his ass or maybe forcing the story to be aired out now while there's plenty of time to hope it fades before the August primary.
Andrew Romanoff, a former speaker of the Colorado House seeking to take the party nomination away from Mr. Bennet, said that while no job was formally offered, three specific positions were mentioned as possibilities last September. He said he declined to consider the opportunities to pursue his race for the Senate.
The statement by Mr. Romanoff confirmed reports last September by the Denver Post, which cited unnamed sources. Until now, Mr. Romanoff has declined to discuss the matter but he said he wanted to clear the air given fresh media interest following the disclosure that the White House also explored an administration position in a failed effort to get Representative Joe Sestak to drop out of a Pennsylvania Democratic primary.
But how much of a plus is it for your campaign to say, in effect, "Vote for me, Democrats. I'm the guy the White House wanted to quit." And how much political support do you expect to get from party leaders if you ever want to run again?