13 July 2010
This news is about two months old, but I haven't had much time lately to research this. But not all of it's old news. The pattern with this administration continues.
During the Pennsylvania primaries earlier this year, Democratic Representative Joe Sestak was running against incumbent Senator Arlen Specter. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, using Former President Bill Clinton, offered Sestak a bribe in the form of a prominent advisory position within the administration in exchange for Sestak dropping out of the race. According to the New York Times, one of the jobs offered was a position on the PRESIDENT'S INTELLIGENCE ADVISORY BOARD. Click HERE for the New York Times article.
Here's Clinton doing the Washington Ignore the Question Dance:
As you know, Sestak refused, then went on to defeat Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary.
Fast forward to June 2010 and a report on Fox News, INTERVENTION IN COLORADO RACE COULD CAST PALL OVER OBAMA TRANSPARENCY MESSAGE. This time it was Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina contacted Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the fall of 2009 to determine if Romanoff was still interested in a USAID job for which Romanoff had applied. Even though White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denied making a job offer ("plausible deniability"), the rest of Messina's inquiry was to determine "if it was possible to avoid a costly battle between two supporters". The latter refers to the White House's attempt to get Romanoff out of the primary race against incumbent Senator Michael Bennet. The Obama administration, by sheer coincidence I'm sure, supported Bennet.
Here's a clip from CBS News' Washington Unplugged with more:
According to the accompanying article to the video, ANDREW ROMANOFF BREAKS SILENCE ON WHITE HOUSE JOB TALKS, Messina told Romanoff that the administration would support his opponent, and three White House positions might be available if Romanoff were not in the Senate race. When Romanoff refused, no one in the White House communicated with him again.
There is obviously a pattern here. I wonder just how much of this is going on with this "transparent" administration that we don't know about because the players involved are keeping quiet. "Change"? Not so much. Same as always, business as usual, no real "change". Not surprising though judging from Obama's track record.