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Sestak Won’t Talk Until White House Does

From the Washington Post:

Sestak says his brother, White House met about alleged job offer

By Paul Kane
Friday, May 28, 2010; A06

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

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

Clearly Mr. Obama has ‘plugged the hole.’ And probably the only hole that really worries him.

Obama responded briefly, and a touch awkwardly, when asked about the allegation at Thursday’s news conference.

"There will be an official response shortly on the Sestak issue, which I hope will answer your questions," Obama said. He declined a follow-up request to answer those questions personally.

"You will get it from my administration. So — and it will be coming out, when I say shortly, I mean shortly. I don’t mean weeks or months," he said. "I can assure the public that nothing improper took place. But as I said, there will be a response shortly on that issue."

Apparently, even Chicago-schooled thugs need some time to get their story straight.

But Mr. Obama is supposed to be a lawyer. How can he “assure the public that nothing improper took place,” unless he was present in the room and/or on the phone during every White House contact with Mr. Sestak.

And, lest we forget, Mr. Obama has (er) ‘mislead’ us before about his strangely similar contacts with Ron Blagojevich, when Mr. Blagojevich was trying to sell Mr. Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.

In a 15-minute interview with the Capitol press corps Thursday, Sestak said the fixation with the story is an inside-the-Beltway phenomenon that does not translate into hurting his efforts to defeat Republican Pat Toomey in November.

That’s right. Only Beltway insiders care whether the White House is bribing people with high federal jobs to drop out of elections.

Most of the country is too obsessed with ‘global warming’ and ‘childhood obesity’ to worry about such picayune matters.

He said the ordeal has grown out of a single quip — answering "yes" and saying he was offered a "high-up job" — to a question posed by longtime Philadelphia TV newsman Larry Kane during a February interview.

"Something happened last July, literally, hardly even remember it," Sestak said of the offer. "All of a sudden, in this interview, someone asked a question . . . and I answered it up front. But I immediately said the same thing I said to you and haven’t deviated: Look, let’s move on, the rest is politics."

Never mind that Mr. Sestak has repeated the same accusation in several interviews since. All of a sudden, since the White House telephoned his brother, he wants to “move on.”

Congressional Republicans have refused to move on

There is simply familiar about that phrase “move on.” Isn’t that what we were supposed to do when Mr. Clinton was caught having perjured himself?

Interestingly, Mr. Clinton’s perjury was not considered an impeachable offense. But it might be hard to argue that bribery isn’t, especially when the US Constitution mentions it in Article II, Section 4:

The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

That’s pretty plain, isn’t it?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Sestak Won’t Talk Until White House Does”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    It’s not like he needs to fear anything from the justice department (unless he talks).

    • JohnMG says:

      ……”Richard Sestak………….spoke with administration officials Wednesday……….”

      I would imagine the conversation went something like this: “Rich,…..Baby. I suggest you tell your brother Joey, that if he don’t quit talkin’ he’s gonna quit talkin’.


    • proreason says:

      Sestek wasn’t offered a job directly. It was his brother’s wife’s third cousin who was contacted about an unpaid job in the basement of the Camp David commissary by Bubba’s chauffeur’s daughter’s boyfriend.

      When it got back to Joe, it’s easy to see how he might be confused.

      It’s all just a big misunderstanding and now the relentless Right Wing Conspiracy wants to pretend like it’s important.

    • jobeth says:

      Thanks Pro…at last clarity. I get it now.

  2. untrainable says:

    When is, “…somebody else was doing it before…” going to stop being an excuse for bad behavior. Oh, this happens all the time. That’s the way business is done. Blah blah blah…

    Wrong is wrong. I sincecely hope Sestack comes clean and admits that Rhombo offered him the Secretary of the Navy job.

    Oh, that’s right. He’s a Democrat. Nevermind.

    • jobeth says:

      They are so used to operating dirty that it comes as a surprise that the rest of the world doesn’t think their methods are just fine and dandy.

      Ok…Even I don’t believe what I just said. They know full well…but just as all criminals believe,they thought they were too smart to get caught. Oopsie, for them.

      Makes what old Blago is saying make a tad more sense…but just a tad mind you. He’s just as dirty as they are but his finger pointing has more validity now.

  3. Crapgame13 says:

    “Congressional Republicans have refused to move on… ”

    You know, like Democrats were famous for doing during Plame, Katrina, etc.

  4. jobeth says:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that the picture used in this story is the one of Sestak on Obalmy’s short chain while surrounded by applauding WH flunkys trying to please the boss?

    Jus’ askin’

  5. Mithrandir says:


    Isn’t that ALL what politics is, defined down to one word? You vote for me, you will get this in return?

  6. confucius says:

    Can Pennsylvania’s Attorney General investigate Sestak?

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