Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) said yesterday [February 18, 2010] that the White House offered him a federal job in an effort to dissuade him from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the state’s Democratic primary.
The disclosure came during an afternoon taping of Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a Sunday news-analysis show on the Comcast Network. Sestak would not elaborate on the circumstances and seemed chagrined after blurting out “yes” to veteran news anchor Kane’s direct question.
“Was it secretary of the Navy?” Kane asked.
“No comment,” Sestak said.
“Was it [the job] high-ranking?” Kane asked. Sestak said yes, but added that he would “never leave” the Senate race for a deal.
A White House spokesman this morning strongly denied an offer had been made to Sestak. Before the spokesman issued the denial, a senior Pennsylvania Democrat said Sestak’s account was met with anger by White House officials yesterday.
After yesterday’s taping, Sestak said he recalled the White House offer coming in July, as he was preparing to formally announce his Senate candidacy in August. He declined to identify who spoke to him or the job under discussion. Sestak also would not say whether the person who approached him worked for the administration or was an intermediary for the offer.
“I’m not going to say who or how and what was offered,” Sestak said in an interview. “I don’t feel it’s appropriate to go beyond what I said,” because the conversation was confidential. (source, you can read Kane’s blog post on the interview, “Sestak Surprised Me With A Bombshell“)
I don’t believe that Sestak is lying, in part because of who he is, but mostly because of who BO is and how his Chicago thugs work.
Remember New York 23? That congressional race that timid Tea Party candidate Doug Hoffman almost won? Well, that was a special election (of course), and it was held because the republican who held that seat was offered a job as Secretary of the Army–though he’d never served in any of our armed forces–and scooted off to the Department of Defense (after voting for cap and trade, of course. Perhaps a thank you to his new boss?). In doing so, he left the seat wide open for a BO puppet. They had two wonderful puppets in place, too. No one in their right mind thought that Scozzafava was anything but (as Michelle Malkin put it) an ACORN-friendly, big labor-backing, tax-and-spend radical in GOP clothing (well, okay, GOP leadership backed her, but they weren’t exactly in their right minds on that one). Indeed, after a dismal showing in the polls, she dropped out and threw her support behind and endorsement to the democratic nominee who went on to win (narrowly) the special election and dash down to DC to do his master’s bidding.
So tossing Secretary positions around is not unheard of from this administration. And it’s true that the Secretary of the Navy position wasn’t open, but it’s interesting to note that Ray Mabus, who’d been an adviser during BO’s campaign, is one sneaky guy (he conspired with a priest to secretly tape a conversation with his then-wife and used the questionably-obtained recording to get custody of his children when the two divorced, so he’s BO’s kind of guy) and was rumored to be in the running for Secretary of Education. Of course, unless Mabus was going to toddle off to some obscure position for BO, it then gets all messy and unrealistic because the education secretary position for which Mabus may have been considered was also already filled by a BO crony, this one a long-time bud from Chicago, Arne Duncan:
Duncan is a member of Obama’s tight-knit circle of Chicago friends.
He was introduced to the group by his childhood friend, John W. Rogers Jr., an Obama adviser and the ex-husband to Desiree Rogers, Obama’s choice for White House social secretary. John Rogers and Duncan both went to the University of Chicago Lab School, and Duncan calls Rogers his best friend and the most influential person in his life other than his parents.
Rogers introduced Duncan to Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson. Duncan and Robinson have been playing in three-on-three basketball tournaments around the country ever since.
Clearly, this is all speculation and musical cabinet chairs unlikely, but Sestak certainly believes he was offered a specific job and it was “high-ranking.” There is one position that was open in August of last year when Sestak announced his intention to run for the Senate: the TSA head position. Why wouldn’t Sestak, an admiral in the Navy, be a good choice for that position? He’d have a better chance of making it through the confirmation process than Major General Harding or crazy Southers did (and Pistole was only just announced so doesn’t count back in August of last year).
It seems pretty clear that BO has no qualms about putting his cronies in key positions nor about handing out high-ranking jobs to people so they won’t be a problem in congressional races. Can’t you just see him and Herr Twinkle Toes with a giant chess set moving the players around until just the right combination falls into place?