Joe Sestak Says Brother Met with White House, Bill Clinton Involved?

by the Left Coast Rebel

With too much to handle on my political blogging plate, initially I cast aside the Sestak White House job offer allegation story thinking it to be another Massa situation. Obama's ambigous 'just trust me' response yesterday piqued my interest. Does this thing have legs?

According to the Washington Post this morning it does, or at least a brother and a Friday White House deadline:

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Thursday his brother has spoken with White House officials about the congressman's allegation that he was offered an Obama administration job if he would stay out of a Democratic Senate primary.

Richard Sestak, who has served as his brother's top political adviser and campaign lawyer, spoke with administration officials Wednesday, Joe Sestak said.

"They got ahold of my brother on his cellphone, and he spoke to the White House . . . about what's going to occur," said Sestak, who said he expects the White House will release its information Friday. He declined to elaborate on his discussions with his brother.

Greg Sargent has more, this involves Bill Clinton:
Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he'd be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.

But the White House maintains that the Clinton-Sestak discussions were informal, according to the sources. The White House, under pressure to divulge the specifics of its interactions with Sestak, will release a formal statement later today outlining their version of events, including Clinton's involvement.

According to the sources, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Clinton and his longtime adviser, lawyer Doug Band, to talk to Sestak about the race. It's unclear right now whether the White House will say that Clinton was asked to suggest specific administration positions for Sestak, whether Clinton floated positions on his own, whether Clinton discussed other options not related to the adminstration, or whether employment even came up at all in the talks.

But the news that Clinton is at the center of this whole story is noteworthy on its own because of the former president's stature, and underscores how heavily invested the White House was in dissuading Sestak from running. The White House sent Clinton to talk to Sestak because Arlen Specter, constituting the 60th Dem vote in the Senate, was viewed as key to enacting Obama's agenda.

JammieWearingFool is interested to see if Sestak now parrots the party line(s) now that they are known. Cay you say grand jury as well?

Only then may we know the truth behind all of this.


  1. So, Joe says his brother talked to the WH, and the WH says that Clinton talked to Joe. Hmmm

    Someone didn't coordinate very well.

    I don't care who talked to who - the point is that the WH offered Sestak a job if he wouldn't run. That is a crime. Let's hope they media digs further.

  2. oops, i thought Sestak was saying the original convo took place between WH and his brother. I read that too quickly. I am still not buying it. They wouldn't send in the Big Dawg to offer some low level non-paying job to Sestak.

    I'm with Byron on this one.

    It also sounds like a big conspiracy to cover it up. Bill had lunch with Obama yesterday. They called Sestak's brother. It is fishy all around.


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