White House Releases Official Memo Clearing White House on Sestak Job Offer
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12:02 PM, May 28, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
And it makes Sestak look like a buffoon.
According to White House counsel Bob Bauer, Sestak was not offered a job as Secretary of the Navy--that job was given to Ray Mabus prior to Clinton's conversation with Sestak--but simply an uncompensated position "on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board."
Sestak looks foolish because that's hardly a high-ranking federal job, as Sestak claimed. But it is quite convenient for the White House.
By saying that Sestak was offered an advisory executive branch position, the White House avoids technically running afoul of the provision of the law that specifies that it is illegal to offer a position "provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress" in exchange for "any political activity."
So, if the White House is telling the truth, Sestak wildly exaggerated what was actually offered to him. And if the White House isn't telling the truth, Sestak wouldn't say otherwise, would he?
Update: Sestak's statement toes the White House line:
"The messenger is huge," as one Republican tells Byron York of the White House's deployment of Clinton, "and the message is puny."