Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Joe Sestak to get off the pot: Lawmakers call for details on Sestak job offer

I feel sorry for Pennsylvania Democrats. They were stuck with two poor choices during the recent primary. On one hand they had an admitted self-serving politician with Arlen Specter and on the other hand they had a Democrat who is into play parlor games.

Joe Sestak has been saying that someone in the administration offered him a job if he dropped out of the race against Arlen Specter. However, old Joe isn’t naming names or saying what exactly was offered. What kind of parlor game is Sestak running here? Is he trying to portray himself as a man of the people and a whistle blower or is he trying to get in good graces with the administration by not divulging the details?  The whole thing smells of politics as usual. Just look at this hot mess of an interview as Sestak ducks and dodges. Geez dude, can you ride the fence any tighter?

All this pussyfooting around has not gone unnoticed by both the right and the left in DC. Rep. Darrell Issa (R CA) and Glenn Beck’s new nemesis Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) are both asking for answers. 
The Hill: Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.) called on the White House Monday to detail conversations it allegedly had with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to try to convince him to drop his Senate bid.
Weiner said allegations that White House officials had offered Sestak an administration job in exchange for his dropping his primary bid against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) had become a growing political liability.
"I think what the White House should do is, to some degree, say, 'Here are the facts,'" Weiner said Monday morning during an appearance on MSNBC. "If there's not a lot [to] what's going on here, then just say what happened."
Republicans led by Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, have begun to ramp up pressure on the White House and Sestak, who originally made his allegation during his eventually successful primary challenge to Specter.
Issa has called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor in the matter, and has threatened to file an ethics complaint against Sestak. 

The whole Sestak affair reminds me of that old saying: if you’re not gonna poop, get off the pot! Right now, Sestak ain’t poopin’.


Janelle said...

We really need to do an intervention on behalf of pols...letting them remain in office for any longer than two terms is detrimental to their mental health. Frankly, way more of their time should be spent in their districts with an occasional week in D.C.

Jess said...

This is like fishing for catfish by sticking your hand in a hole in the bank. Sooner, or later, something will be caught and the hope it's not a snake.

Clifton B said...


I think they all need to spend less time in DC too. Did you know in Alaska the legislature meets for only 90 days a year?

Clifton B said...


That is a good analogy. It seems pretty straight forward. Sestak says he was offered a job by the administration. Fine, just say who and what. I don't see the need for pussy footing around.

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