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White House claim that Romanoff applied for job is accurate, Romanoff spox says

The White House statement this morning was accurate in claiming that Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff applied for a job in advance of hearing back from the White House about employment possibilities, a Romanoff spokesman just confirmed to me.

"The White House statement is accurate," Romanoff spokesman Roy Teischer told me by phone just now.

The political world has been preoccupied this morning with the White House's admission that top aide Jim Messina did discuss job possibilities with Romanoff as an alternative to taking on the White House-backed Michael Bennett in a primary. But the White House also said Romanoff had approached the administration for a job first.

According to the Romanoff campaign, this is true. The campaign confirms he filled out a job application for the new administration in November of 2008, using the change.gov application, indicating an interest in several agencies, including USAID. This dovetails with the White House statement indicating that Romanoff had expressed interest in that agency.

Romanoff then followed up with several calls to the White House transition and personnel offices, the campaign confirms, but he got no offers. He stopped trying in the spring of 2009.

The White House statement today said:

Andrew Romanoff applied for a position at USAID during the Presidential transition. He filed this application through the Transition on-line process. After the new administration took office, he followed up by phone with White House personnel.

Both Romanoff and the White House have confirmed that Messina got back in touch with Romanoff after it was clear he was running for Senate and suggested several job possibilities, including the one Romanoff asked for. Both parties stressed, however, that no job was promised.

And now both parties are claming that Romanoff had, in fact, reached out to them about a job first.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 3, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
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Much ado about BS.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

People who submit applications for jobs, be it in government or the private sector, are a threat to society.

All job applicants must be rounded up, and sent to concentration camps.

That will eliminate the unemployment problem permanently.

S

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Finally; A Step In The Right Direction. I wish they would go farther, and just halt all off shore oil extraction, until far better damage control procedures and technology, have been developed, and proven to work.


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/02/95246/obama-orders-oil-companies-to.html

"Obama orders firms to change drill plans that mimic BP's
Shashank Bengali | McClatchy Newspapers

last updated: June 03, 2010 12:17:32 PM

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration late Wednesday moved swiftly to plug a hole in its much touted six-month ban on new deepwater drilling when the Interior Department ordered oil companies to overhaul and resubmit dozens of exploration plans that had already been approved but were virtually identical to BP's and that called major spills and environmental damage "unlikely."

The action came after McClatchy informed the White House and Interior officials that it had reviewed 31 deepwater exploration and development plans approved for the Gulf under the Obama administration and found that all of them downplayed the threat of spills to marine life and fisheries.

The language scarcely varied from company to company, suggesting that the plans were pumped out like boilerplate. Of the 31 plans McClatchy reviewed, 14 were approved since the April 20 explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig,

The administration had failed to include the plans in its moratorium, and experts told McClatchy that the filings could clear the way for drilling new wells when the ban was lifted. Following inquiries by McClatchy to White House and Interior officials, the Bureau of Land Management announced late Wednesday that oil companies would need to resubmit the plans with additional safety information before they'd be allowed to drill new wells.

"Pulling back exploration plans and development plans and requiring them to be updated with new information is consistent with this cautious approach and will ensure that new safety standards and risk considerations are incorporated into those planning documents," BLM Director Bob Abbey said in a brief press release."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"Both Romanoff and the White House have confirmed that Messina got back in touch with Romanoff after it was clear he was running for Senate and suggested several job possibilities, including the one Romanoff asked for. Both parties stressed, however, that no job was promised."

Far from "clearing up" anything, this is close to a smoking gun admission.

It is irrelevant that Romanoff applied for a specific job earlier.

The defense is merely parsing the word "offer." The WH clearly tried to entice him out of the race with the suggestion that he could have a government job.

Was Messina turned down by Romanoff when he "suggested" various jobs after Romanoff got into the race?

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Good, now why didn't they deal with the Sestak rumors as quickly as they did this one?

Posted by: SDJeff | June 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

No surprise this was another drummed up misleading witch hunt by right wingers.

OT but how the heck can the GOP be so reliant on someone who used to hunt down Jews for Nixon.

"Nixon was concerned about officials at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which he thought was controlled by a Jewish "cabal." Malek became known as Nixon's "Jew counter," responsible for identifying Jewish BLS employees...Many of the Jews identified by Malek later lost their jobs...Many of the Jews identified by Malek later lost their jobs."

I can only imagine the drum beat if the Dems had such an anti Semite in the upper echelons of their ranks.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_06/024090.php

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I forgot this tidbit from the article.

"And what's Malek up to now? Well, he's on a Virginia budget panel, appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R); he was a campaign finance chair for John McCain's presidential campaign; he's an advisor to former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R); and he's been tapped to head up the American Action Network, a Rove-backed campaign operation to direct right-wing campaign funds into electing Republicans."

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 3, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Soul-less Liam-slave:
"The language scarcely varied from company to company, suggesting that the plans were pumped out like boilerplate."

Uh-huh...

"the Interior Department ordered oil companies to overhaul and resubmit dozens of exploration plans that had already been approved but were virtually identical to BP's and that called major spills and environmental damage "unlikely.""

What do you want to bet that the language in the revised plans will ALSO be just as identical.

This is "Paper Safety".
This is government pogues demanding paper "strokage" from company pogues.

Essentially, this is a meaningless PR move designed to lull your sheep-like minds back to quiescent slumber so that the O-dmnistration can quietly rescind his moratorium, which, left in place to keep hyserical cud-chewers like Liam-slave happy, is going to SLAUGHTER him and his party down on the weatern Gulf.

I work out here with this stuff, believe me when I tell you that I'm well aware of the difference between "Paper Safety" and "Safety".

""Pulling back exploration plans and development plans and requiring them to be updated with new information is consistent with this cautious approach and will ensure that new safety standards and risk considerations are incorporated into those planning documents," BLM Director Bob Abbey said in a brief press release.""

Talk about 'boilerplate"...

Does it sound like the new and improved regulations are going to be enforced any more scrupulously than the old ones were?

Oh, and don't worry about MY rice-bowl in the new Obama "Safety Firstly" drilling regime, I have a pretty tasty job offer on a pipe-laying vessel. Although my present gig is fairly satisfactory as it is.

SWEEEEET!

(Your moonbat eyeballs may resume bleeding again, now).

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

It looks as though there is going to be a fundraiser with Malek on the top of the invite for John McCain's re-election.

http://www.bluevirginia.us/showDiary.do?diaryId=742

Someone should ask McCain if he agrees with Malek assisting Nixon with identifying Jewish people so they can be removed from public office.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

BP may not survive. They are starting to look, and behave, more and more like Enron during it's dying days.

Is BP CEO, Tony Haywire, the Jeff Skilling of BP?!

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"Both parties stressed, however, that no job was promised."

Correct (presumably), no job was promised.

But a job was, at the very least, indirectly "offered" in exchange for dropping out of a primary.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

So?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

SBJ, you left out your trademark, "just sayin'"...

Liam, thanks for the article on halting the drilling plans. Glad McClatchy caught that, and thanks for posting it.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

You sent in an application for a position.

Do you still want to take a position in the administration, or do you want to run for the US Senate. You can not do both. There is no point in we considering you for a position, if you are just going to be here for a short time, and be away much of the time, while you are out campaigning. You decide. You can not do both.

Answer: I am going to run for the US Senate.

We understand, but therefore can not proceed any further with your job application.

Case Closed!

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that so many Democrats are seemingly quite happy that the administration is attempting to deny them the right to choose their representative in a primary... Not only deny them the right to choose, but doing so by using the same old crappy tactics that the admin claimed would be a thing of the past.

Cynics 2 (and counting?)
Obama idealists 0.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that a so called Libertarian cares so much about how Democrats handle their primaries, but does not give a rat's arse about a few hundred teabaggers blocking a sitting Republican Senator from Utah, from even running again it his party's primary.

Of course, it is not all that amazing when you know that The fake libertarian voted for George W. Bush, and for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@sbj3:Amazing that so many Democrats are seemingly quite happy that the administration is attempting to deny them the right to choose their representative in a primary.

This is the silliest post on this thread. In fact, the administration has no way to deny people the choice. It is the candidate that either accepts or rejects other offers of employment, either in government or in the private sector, and provides voters with a choice or not.

Posted by: srw3 | June 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

All, new thread:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/ideological_journalism_is_a_no.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 3, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The hopes and asperations of the Right excluded...

Do you Republican morons really think the country wants to go along with this endless attacks on everything Obama - that we need to investigate everything no matter how puny. This is your platform - "Were not Obama!"??

This after refusing to investigate the Bush and his crimes?

You guys must be sleeping under a bridge somewhere since Bush got tossed out and you all got Riff'ed if you think that with two Republican wars, the huge oil spill, the economy, and terrorism - all you got is to investigate this garbage?

Posted by: alfa73 | June 3, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that the White House staff vets every USAID job application and calls every applicant...yeah sure, and Bill Clinton is a very truthful man.

You have to be kidding me. They are caught but they will never pay for their crimes. They were trying to have a Chicago style election in Colorado.

Posted by: staterighter | June 3, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC

Dear Mr. Moonbat;

In reviewing the mountains of job applications that we received after the inauguration in January of 2008, we found your resume expressing your desire to be the Department of Makework's Deputy Assistant Oyster Counter for the Pacific Northwest Region.

We regret our not having gotten back to you prior to your announcement of your intention to stand for the nomination of our party for your candidacy as Senator from the great State of West Pig Knuckle, but as I'm sure you can appreciate, our plates have been rather full with blaming our predecessor for the chaos we find ourselves in.

In any event, we are most happy to inform you that the position of Undersecretary of Mollusk and Bivalve Hygiene at the Department of Tree-Hugging is among the positions that are still unfilled and they we feel you may be uniquely qualified for.

We understand that accepting the vital job helping to administer oversight of the cleanliness of America's aquatic crustaceans may negatively impact your upcoming campaign, but we just want you to be aware of all the many, many avenues open to you so that you can make an informed choice regarding your future in public service.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss any other federal civil service opportunities that you may be interested in serving in.

We must however, remind you that we are on a tight and busy timetable here, therefore the longer you delay in accepting a position, the fewer choice slots will be open, and we foresee that by two weeks prior to West Pig Knuckle's DemocRat primary day, all federal positions will have been completely and irrevocably filled.

Yours DemocRatically;

J. Skruee Humdinger

2nd Deputy Assistant Chief of Patronage

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 3, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Since when is anyone surprised when an adminstration offers someone a job, or considers the possibility of offering someone a job, to remove them from a political race where they favor someone else? This is nothing new and it's not even in the neighborhood of being underhanded or unethical. The only issue would be if a job were given to someone unqualified for the position. I haven't seen anything suggesting that has happened so eople need to get a grip and stop expecting purity in the world of politics. If you don't want to watch the saugage being made, then don't watch. But don't watch and whine just because it isn't always pretty.

Posted by: McKDave | June 3, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

YAWN!

Posted by: JPDupre | June 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant, Bilgeman, absolutely brilliant.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 3, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Bilgeman for confirming the notion that conservatives and wingnuts have zero in the way of creative talent.

Oh sure, your girlfriend quarterbutt thinks it's hysterical, yuck yuck, wow, that's SO funny har har.

Better call that angry dwarf who hosts that lame comedy show at 2AM on Fox that no one watches.

Posted by: BirchMan | June 3, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Powerful stuff, birch. Your superior intellect and forensic talents no doubt impress your 4th grade classmates.

Well, no, probably not.

Your boys in the WH did some crimes. Too bad about that.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 3, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Federal Slave Birchman:
"Thank you Bilgeman for confirming the notion that conservatives and wingnuts have zero in the way of creative talent. "

Uh-huh.

So you went to trouble of registering with the Pest and signing in to the Slum Line, and THEN composing and posting a comment to inform me of how NOT FUNNY my bit o' (just this side of) fiction was, right?

Sure, Frank!

You're quite welcome.

And thank YOU for letting me know just how smartly that little bit of humorous "d!ck-punching" stung.

That's what I really love about you moonbat livestock, you "yelp!" so very nicely when the cattle prod touches your dangling bits...

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary, it's time for a special prosecutor:

Romanoff then followed up with several calls to the White House transition and personnel offices, the campaign confirms, but he got no offers. He stopped trying in the spring of 2009.
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Both Romanoff and the White House have confirmed that Messina got back in touch with Romanoff after it was clear he was running for Senate and suggested several job possibilities

Posted by: WylieD | June 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that so many Democrats are seemingly quite happy that the administration is attempting to deny them the right to choose their representative in a primary... Not only deny them the right to choose, but doing so by using the same old crappy tactics that the admin claimed would be a thing of the past.

Cynics 2 (and counting?)
Obama idealists 0.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????No, what is amazing is Republicans attempts to destroy the President of the United States by any means they can find. The President who was elected by a majority of Americans who has done an excellent job despite Republican obstruction and 24/7 right wing hate machine.

Funny how you want to claim that this administration is attempting to deny the rights of people to pick their own representation when that is exactly what you people have been attempting to do ever since the election in 08.

Posted by: catmomtx | June 3, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Everything catmom says is true, except that it happened in reverse and from 2001-2008.

The public has already had enough of Obama's radicalism and divisiveness, and realizes it was sold a bill of goods by this phony.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 4, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

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