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Why Isn't the Press Pressing Sestak on Accusation of White House Bribery?

12:49 PM, May 20, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Steve Hayes noted earlier that this Washington Post story on Joe Sestak surprisingly neglects to even mention Sestak's claim that he was offered a job by the White House in exchange for dropping out of the race against Arlen Specter. It was a serious charge, and the White House denies it. Keep in mind Sestak wasn't offered some ambassadorship to the Maldives--he said "yes" when asked if he was offered a "high-ranking" job in the administration.

Why Isn't the Press Pressing Sestak on Accusation of White House Bribery?

So, what was the job, and who offered it? Was Sestak lying, or was the White House? Why is the Washington Post apparently uninterested in a credible charge that the "most transparent administration" in history tried to bribe a Senate candidate?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is trying to press Sestak on the issue:

“Could the reason why Congressman Joe Sestak refuses to name names is because the very people who tried to bribe him are now his benefactors?”
 
“For months, Sestak has repeatedly said without equivocation that the White House illegally offered him a federal job in exchange for dropping out of the race.”
 
“Was Joe Sestak embellishing what really happened or does he have first-hand knowledge of the White House breaking the law? If what he said is the truth, Joe Sestak has a moral imperative to come forward and expose who within the Obama Administration tried to bribe him.”

Michael Steele adds in a statement: "until a thorough and public investigation has been conducted and the air is cleared, this matter will continue to cloud the President each time he steps foot in Pennsylvania to place the establishment mantle on Joe Sestak between now and November."

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