TLP: You Know This is Nowhere Near Over

white house political fuckup
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?

NYT:

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.

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.
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.

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?

The Lazy Paperboy

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.

2 comments:

This type of heavy-handed manipulation of the shreds of our reamining pseudo-democratic process is one reason why I'm getting tired of the Obama administration. Being a fervent anti-Bush guy, though, I'm still wondering where we have to go... Maybe it's time for a Trump presidency after all. At least he'd generate some ad revenue for the US.

Steve -

I doubt a Trump regime (or any political operation) would be able to resist the machinations that these jilted candidates say is going on here. Look at Rove, look at Rahm, look as far back as you want ... it happens. And you don't have to be a partisan to think it sucks.

What I'm amazed at is that Sestak and Romanoff tout the fact that they've been passed over for campaign support and, allegedly, offered jobs if they will go away. Interesting that at least these two haven't been willing to cut off their nuts and go along. But I'm pretty sure there are more stories out there ...