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Democrat Sestak: White House Offered Me Federal Job If I Didn't Challenge Specter

2:17 PM, Feb 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Phildelphia Inquirer has the latest on the Obama administration's culture of corruption:

Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) said yesterday 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.

If the White House did make such a deal it would make sense that Sestak, a retired Rear Admiral in the Navy, was offered the job as secretary of the Navy.

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