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GOP keeps up pressure for investigation of Sestak 'job' story

The media has been roused from slumber on Rep. Joe Sestak's (R-Penn.) bizarre claim to have been offered a job by the White House in a strategy that anyone could have seen coming -- a drip-drip of Republican attempts to find the truth behind the story. Jake Tapper broke the news of the latest Republican move:

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee "urge the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Congressman Joe Sestak's claim that a White House official offered him a job to induce him to exit the Pennsylvania Senate primary race against Senator Arlen Specter."

Previously -- and for three whole months -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) did the same thing, asking for a special prosecutor, and even demanding something, anything on this issue when Holder testified before Congress. On paper, seven Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have as much ability to make this happen as Issa does -- none. But Issa wasn't able to get ABC News to publish his latest request as an (all caps in original) EXCLUSIVE. Which means Republicans are winning this argument, and the White House really has to reveal what happened, because Sestak's story is so strange and so unexplained by the timeline of early 2009 that literally any theory about it gets ink.

In the long run, who will have had a worse campaign launch week -- Rand Paul or Joe Sestak?

By David Weigel  |  May 26, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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