By Carole on Jun 18, 2010
The possible violation of federal law by the Obama administration also known as 'the Sestak issue' has been pushed out of the media spotlight recently by the much larger 'oil spill in the Gulf issue'. But a new development is bringing renewed interest to whether the White House offered US Representative and Senate candidate Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) a job if he would drop out of his Democratic primary race.
In televised interview early this month, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D) said that he and Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel "had discussions" about how to persuade Mr. Sestak not to challenge incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) in the primary saying, "We very much wanted to persuade Congressman Sestak to stay in the House and run for his seat, 'cause he would have won his seat easily and now that's a seat that's up for grabs. So I know that the administration did not want to offer him a job that would have meant he would have to leave Congress."
At first glance the governor's comments may seem to bolster the administration's claim that no job was offered and nothing inappropriate took place. But it is the phrase "had discussions" that has caught the interest of Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Rob Gleason prompting him to write the following letter today to the state's Agency Open Records Officer:
In light of the revelations concerning the improper activity of White House staff in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Primary, we are requesting all relevant documentation between Governor Ed Rendell, his office and the White House. Under the Pennsylvania Right To Know Law we ask that you release all cell phone, landline and email/written correspondence, sent/received by the Governor or his office, regarding and job offer or other enticement provided to Congressman Joe Sestak or any other Pennsylvania primary candidate, by the White House. In the spirit of transparency and open government, we are certain that you will honor this request. (source)
The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records policy states that the open record officer has 5 days to issue at least an "interim response" to such a Right To Know Law request. (source)
Given the way President Obama and his cronies have defiled the spirit of transparency and open government, it's doubtful any meaningful response will be forthcoming.
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