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."
Jennifer Rubin reminds us that Joe Sestak signed a letter regarding Gaza that "call[ed] for Israel to sacrifice its own security to allow materials into Gaza that could easily be converted to weaponry and could provide cover for smuggled weapons." Rubin correctly identifies that where a politician stands on the Gaza issue is definitive:
In The Promise, a sympathetic account of the Obama administration’s first year, Jonathan Alter reports that the president attempted to entice troubled White House Counsel Greg Craig to gracefully exit the White House by offering him an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. According to Alter, “the White House was anxious that the offer not leak, for fear it would look as if Obama were offering judgeships as consolation prizes.” Deservedly so.
Earlier today, David Axelrod said on CNN that if Joe Sestak's allegation was true--that Sestak was offered a high-ranking administration job to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate race--it would "constitute a serious breach of the law." But don't worry, said Axelrod. White House lawyers say that nothing inappropriate happened, though Axelrod declined to say exactly what it was that happened.
Dick Durbin became the second high-profile Democrat to say that Sestak should come clean. "At some point I thing Congressman Sestak needs to make it clear what happened," said Durbin. Yesterday, Anthony Weiner said the White House should explain exactly what happened.
The Washington Post calls out the White House over its refusal to elaborate on Representative Joe Sestak's claim he was offered a job by the administration in return for backing out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary. The editorial reads, in part:
How did big labor do in Tuesday's election? Not well, in two words. So poorly, indeed, that even the New York Times picked up on this angle: "On the Democratic side, organized labor, which invested millions into the races in Pennsylvania and Arkansas, did not achieve a victory in either state," the paper reported.
SteveHayesnoted 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.