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Andrew Romanoff details contacts with White House over potential jobs

updated 6:30 a.m. Thursday
The White House has just released its first official statement about the contact between former Colorado State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and deputy White House chief of staff Jim Messina regarding Romanoff's Senate aspirations.

The big news? Romanoff applied for a job at the U.S. Agency for International Development after the 2008 election, when the Obama administration was still in the transition period. No job materialized back then, but the White House has a long memory, and when Romanoff was preparing to challenge the White House-backed candidate for a Colorado Senate seat last fall, Messina reached out to him to see whether a job at USAID might still hold appeal. It apparently did not.

It's not entirely clear why Romanoff didn't mention his USAID application when he released his version of events Wednesday night.

The full White House statement, from press secretary Robert Gibbs, is pasted below:

STATEMENT FROM THE PRESS SECRETARY ON COLORADO SENATE RACE 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.

Jim Messina called and emailed Romanoff last September to see if he was still interested in a position at USAID, or if, as had been reported, he was running for the US Senate. Months earlier, the President had endorsed Senator Michael Bennet for the Colorado seat, and Messina wanted to determine if it was possible to avoid a costly battle between two supporters.

But Romanoff said that he was committed to the Senate race and no longer interested in working for the Administration, and that ended the discussion. As Mr. Romanoff has stated, there was no offer of a job.

earlier update, 9:39 pm Wednesday

Former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff released a detailed statement tonight detailing his contacts with the White House last fall in which a top aide to President Barack Obama sought to convince him to leave the state's Senate race.

Romanoff said that he received a call in September 2009 from White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina making clear that the White House would be supporting appointed Sen. Michael Bennet in the Colorado Senate Democratic primary.

Added Romanoff:

"Mr. Messina also suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not pursuing the Senate race. He added that he could not guarantee my appointment to any of these positions. At no time was I promised a job, nor did I request Mr. Messina's assistance in obtaining one."

(Romanoff'sstatement is available after the jump.)

The three jobs floated to him by Messina via email, according to Romanoff, were: Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and Caribbean for USAID, Director of Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID and director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Romanoff said he followed up with a phone message in which he declined the potential job offers.

The Romanoff statement comes less than two weeks after questions about what job (if any) was offered to Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak in hopes of driving him from the race against Sen. Arlen Specter.

The White House ultimately released a report from Counsel Bob Bauer in which it was revealed that former President Bill Clinton had approached Sestak about leaving the race but that no formal contact between the Obama Administration and the candidate had ever occurred.

The simple fact that the White House -- via Messina -- made clear that they would be supporting Bennet in the August Democratic primary is not, in and of itself, particularly shocking. White Houses -- no matter which party is in control -- play favorites in primaries and do their level best to clear fields for the candidate they believe is best positioned to hold the seat for their side in a general election.

At issue is whether the White House's statement on the matter accurately portrayed the entirety of the situation.

In a September 27, 2009 Denver Post piece a White House spokesman is quoted saying that "Mr. Romanoff was never offered a position within the administration."

Romanoff, in his own statement tonight, reiterates that point; "At no time was I promised a job, nor did I request Mr. Messina's assistance in obtaining one," he said.

California Rep. Darrell Issa (R), who has led the charge against the White House on the Sestak and Romanoff matters, issued a sweeping condemnation of the Administration in the wake of the Romanoff statement asking "how deep does the Obama White House's effort to invoke Chicago-style politics for the purpose of manipulating elections really go?,".

Republicans will almost certainly attempt to make an issue of the White House's carefully worded statement about its conversations with Romanoff--questioning whether dangling three specific positions is tantamount to a job offer.

Andrew Romanoff statement

I have received a large number of press inquiries concerning the role the White House is reported to have played in my decision to run for the U.S. Senate. I have declined comment because I did not want - and do not want - to politicize this matter.

A great deal of misinformation has filled the void in the meantime. That does not serve the public interest or any useful purpose.

Here are the facts:

In September 2009, shortly after the news media first reported my plans to run for the Senate, I received a call from Jim Messina, the President's deputy chief of staff. Mr. Messina informed me that the White House would support Sen. Bennet. I informed Mr. Messina that I had made my decision to run.

Mr. Messina also suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not pursuing the Senate race. He added that he could not guarantee my appointment to any of these positions. At no time was I promised a job, nor did I request Mr. Messina's assistance in obtaining one.

Later that day, I received an email from Mr. Messina containing descriptions of three positions (email attached). I left him a voicemail informing him that I would not change course.

I have not spoken with Mr. Messina, nor have I discussed this matter with anyone else in the White House, since then.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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It seems that the law as written is vague which allows arbitrary application. I would support a law that specifically addresses interference with the election process. The Reason??

Buying out a potential candidate deprives the voter of "choice". Efforts to remove a potential candidate from the election process disenfranchises the voter and must be labeled as "criminal conduct".

There is much to discuss about attempting to influence an election, but not in a COMMENT to the Post.

btw, isn't this pretty much the same as what Blago is being tried for?

Posted by: esquire2 | June 4, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm ... it looks like the Teacher's Union worked it's usual magic with someone once again. Ever hear of Spellcheck ... ??? I think if Gibbs slicks his hair back even more he'll be the spitting image of Ron Ziegler circa ... say ... 1973 ???

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm ... it looks like the Teacher's Union worked it's usual magic with someone once again. Ever hear of Spellcheck ... ??? I think if Gibbs slicks his hair back even more he'll be the spitting image of Ron Ziegler circa ... say ... 1973 ???

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm ... it looks like the Teacher's Union worked it's usual magic with someone once again. Ever hear of Spellcheck ... ??? I think if Gibbs slicks his hair back he'll be the spitting image of Ron Ziegler circa ... say ... 1973 ???

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"

Crimes and Criminal Procedure - 18 USC Section 600

Sec. 600. Promise of employment or other benefit for political activity

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. Posted by: EowynR"

So Ronnie, and Dickie, and Gerald, and Georgie, and every President since that passage was written needs to be fined and jailed, because most Ambassadors at mid, and even high levels get their posts as political plums for supporting Presidents, as candidates or as president. Like Nixon's appointment of a wealthy non entity to be Ambassador to the Court of St. James for his extreme fungible support.

The rule is in civil service legislation, and properly applies to civil service positions, not patently political positions. like Secretary of State.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 3, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Once the Republicans have raised a non existensial stink about the Head of a Political party using his position to keep problems in the party from costing the party elections often enough, some truly unlucky Republican head of the republican party is going to get caught doing the self same deeds, but, being republican, said head is more likely to actually do something patently illegal to keep some disident from tasngling with HIS political nephew. When THAT happens tat other great republican virtue, totally unwarrented Hubris will step in and the REPEBLICAN Head of the Republican Party will declare that,"He Didn't Really Break the Law", and "It was strictly an internal Republican thing." and "Well the democrats Did It First!!"

There must be about a hundred million copies of that particular movie trailer running around in Politics Space already. Only a few of us die hards will even notice.

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

I don't know enough about laws about this but I don't believe any of you do either.It is done on both sides and no amount of spamming changes that.It was not Obama that deregulated the oil industry and put drill baby drill out their now was it and to blame him for something BP and Cheney's company failed to do to save themselves money is way beyond pale.It is not Obama that fought deregulation of wall street it is the GOP.AS for letting some drilling go on what was he supposed to do with republican states pushing to let it happen and the well was already planned before Obama.Then we get those who think we need to do more drilling in an area that if and oil spill did occur could not be contained and would be just as bad if not worse than the gulf spill because of frigid weather.How's that drill baby drill thingy goin for ya now

Posted by: bennie1 | June 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's create a White House "job exchange" just like in the health care bill. You can barter for your services in the open market. It will all be very transparent. That's what this administration is about right ??? ... right ??? That's the problem with transparency it shines a light on some things you don't want others to see. Get off the High Horse you hacks you're just like everybody else. Your emperor has no threads ...

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza's entries have taken a marked downward turn
-The Ped

I presume by "downward" you mean towards reality and away from the messiah in the sky fiction that was wrought last year. It seems liberals are losing everywhere you look. Elections, court rooms, fundraising, PR, policy, legislation, science, economics, ...everywhere.

Only a deranged kook would fail to see the reality of a landslide loss in november, laid at the feet of a grossly incompetent and inexperienced fraud in chief. It is likely we will have a war by then and an economic collapse and an environmental catastrophe, not to mention a successful terror attack. Doing a great job there berry.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

See no job was offered!

Just a list of 3 jobs that might become available if he dropped out of the race hint hint - no promises, just maybe.

Is it a crime to hint that you can probably pick your job from a list if you drop out of a race?

We are going to change how things are done in Washington - we will let you pick your bribe from a list!

Obama needs a cool nickname like Blago has, say Obamo.

Posted by: WillieWilmette | June 3, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

May be, Just may be had Obama not made such a deal about wanting to " change the Culture" of Washington he might be able to get way with ihese rather shady practices. However since he took over he has broken just about every promise made on the Campaign Trail so Fool me once shame on me... but now he's found out to be nothingt but a Deceptive Fraud!!!
Hence pay the price.....

Posted by: redhawk2 | June 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

May be, Just may be had Obama not made such a deal about wanting to " chnage the Culture" of Washington he might be able to get way with ihese rather shady practices. However since he took over he has broken just about every promise made on the Campaign Trail so Fool me once shame on me... but now he's found out to be nothingt but a Deceptive Fraud!!!
Hence pay the price.....

Posted by: redhawk2 | June 3, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how the liberals posting here deny any wrong-doing by the saintly Democratic machine. Yet at the same time, they admit to the criminal acts, but defend them by claiming "it's business as usual" or "it's nothing the GOP hasn't done". Both of these are exactly what Obama promised would never happen if people drank enough KoolAid and voted for him.

Equally amazing is how GOP supporters seem to think that their side is any better.

Obama does have a valid point when he points his self-righteous finger at Bush: if not for Bush's many mistakes, America would not have to listen to this arrogant, unqualified piece of crap we now call our President.

Posted by: duffmeister | June 3, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Here we have a clear track record of possible (but not promised) job offers to politicians (who may have been or not been running in a primary)....

Ok, so.....?

Is the best scandel the muckrackers can come up with?
Where were they 8 years ago when conflicts of interest were standard operating procedure?
It must really be a slow news day.

Posted by: Denswei | June 3, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Here we have a clear track record of possible (but not promised) job offers to politicians (who may have been or not been running in a primary)....

Ok, so.....?

Is the best scandel the muckrackers can come up with?
Where were they 8 years ago when conflicts of interest were standard operating procedure?
It must really be a slow news day.

Posted by: Denswei | June 3, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The Sestak and Romanoff issues should not be ignored by Americans. The trial beginning today in Chicago has very much to do with the same type of poliltics "Pay to Play." Obama and his Chicago cronies should not come out of any of these unscathed. An ex-governor is being tried today for the same practices. The press should be all over this. Instead, I fear, they'll continue to let Americans down...just as they did during the campaign...most like Sir Paul are still getting goosebumps. YUK!

Posted by: jobro2 | June 3, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The Sestak and Romanoff issues should not be ignored by Americans. The trial beginning today in Chicago has very much to do with the same type of poliltics "Pay to Play." Obama and his Chicago cronies should not come out of any of these unscathed. An ex-governor is being tried today for the same practices. The press should be all over this. Instead, I fear, they'll continue to let Americans down...just as they did during the campaign...most like Sir Paul are still getting goosebumps. YUK!

Posted by: jobro2 | June 3, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA QUOTE:
"The recession has certainly made it worse, but that feeling of not being in control of your own economic future -- that sense that the American Dream might slowly be slipping away -- that's been around for some time now,"

Yes that sense of the American Dream slipping away has been around since about January 20, 2009. You Mr. Obama are the cause. You Mr. Obama are the reason. You Mr. Obama are incompetent, you are a liar, and you cannot talk intelligently without a teleprompter. Your only vision for this country is despair. You, sir, are a fraud and you know it.

Many people inside and outside this country seriously doubt that you are a Natural Born Citizen because of your obfuscation of the facts, which would be so easy to refute. Why do you not show your ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE? Curse those who help you cover up your lies – one by one, may they receive their just reward. As for you, your time is coming to an end. IMPEACHMENT is the only answer to the salvo of dishonestly, and unconstitutional attacks that you have perpetrated against the citizens of this country. You are not worthy of the office that has been bestowed upon you. May you rot in the place from which you came.

Posted by: D0ntTread0nMe | June 3, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

18 USC 600 makes the approach to Sestak and Messina a felony. The explanation is patently false in both cases. Eric Holder will not prosecute nor call for an independent prosecutor to take both cases to a grand jury.
Too bad.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 3, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA QUOTE:
"The recession has certainly made it worse, but that feeling of not being in control of your own economic future -- that sense that the American Dream might slowly be slipping away -- that's been around for some time now,"

Yes that sense of the American Dream slipping away has been around since about January 20, 2009. You Mr. Obama are the cause. You Mr. Obama are the reason. You Mr. Obama are incompetent, you are a liar, and you cannot talk intelligently without a teleprompter. Your only vision for this country is despair. You, sir, are a fraud and you know it.

Many people inside and outside this country seriously doubt that you are a Natural Born Citizen because of your obfuscation of the facts, which would be so easy to refute. Why do you not show your ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE? Curse those who help you cover up your lies – one by one, may they receive their just reward. As for you, your time is coming to an end. IMPEACHMENT is the only answer to the salvo of dishonestly, and unconstitutional attacks that you have perpetrated against the citizens of this country. You are not worthy of the office that has been bestowed upon you. May you rot in the place from which you came.

Posted by: D0ntTread0nMe | June 3, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse


This is NOT news because it happens all the time, in any administration, and any political party. Graft, corruption, nepotism, cronyism, etc. is what politicians do, and do best! If anyone thinks that Bush and Obama went after the White House to be public servants, think again. They went there for power. White House power corrupts, and absolutely!

Posted by: usnret742w4 | June 3, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Darrell Issa will be calling for an independent investigation into this fraudulant use of campaign money any day now......right?


Posted by: DrainYou | June 3, 2010 2:07 AM
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I hope Issa keeps his mouth shut and Boehner keeps spending that money in Florida. Helps Florida and Democrats. How about that?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Looks like meth-boi is either gonna be strapped down in a hospital bed or on the evening news any day now.

How can we accelerate this?

Cillizza's entries have taken a marked downward turn too as the "Democrats in trouble" narrative catches up to "Tim Pawlenty's rising star" in unsustainability. Republican election and primary losses... like a pail of water in a sleeping man's face.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 3, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey Wingnuts!


Unlike like the trumped up Dem non-scandal crap that your beloved Right Wing Noise Machine is always trying to set up...


Here's what a real scandal looks like!


Boehner's PAC Finances Lavish Lifestyle, Few Republicans:


"Minority Leader John A. Boehner has collected more than $1.4 million from business interests this election cycle for a committee he says he created to help fellow Republican lawmakers. But Boehner's committee has spent only about a third of its money helping other candidates."

"About two-thirds of its expenditures have gone instead to costs the committee describes as necessary to raise money, including fine meals and trips to luxurious resorts where the congressman mingles with corporate-directed groups and lobbyists. Boehner (Ohio) has spent more than $182,000 through the committee on frequent travel with donors to Florida and similar vacation spots, according to Federal Election Commission records, including $70,403 at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples and more than $30,000 at Disney Resort Destinations".

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/01/AR2010060103887.html


What a gig!


It's quite the scam -- get corporate lobbyists to fund a lavish lifestyle, and reward them with favorable legislation and votes.


And in a year in which Republicans lag financially, and could benefit from cash to take advantage of a difficult political climate for Democrats, it's telling where Boehner's priorities lie -- himself and his lobbyist pals über alles.


I'm guessing Darrell Issa will be calling for an independent investigation into this fraudulant use of campaign money any day now......right?


Posted by: DrainYou | June 3, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

@leichtman,

There was a day not so long ago when any mention of Mrs. Palin would bring hundreds of comments. The thread on the Fix doesn't have 100 comments, and I don't see any that are from her fans. Her fans invariably would predict that she was going to "wipe the floor with the Democrats" and "we'd all be sorry".

Something has definitely changed. At least on this blog.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

To those who come here every day to trash
Obama's 48% approval rating I found this new
GOP poll showing that Sarah Palin is now
unpopular in her own state to be interesting:
"Palin is less popular in the state, with 46 percent of Alaskans having a favorable view of her and 52 percent having an unfavorable view, according to a survey taken by the same GOP pollster"


Posted by: leichtman1 | June 3, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

The pleasure is in watching it happen.

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 1:37 AM
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You take pleasure in strange ways.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Revenge ... ??? Please. For what ??? The game is the game. This is self destruction and Obama's corruption is on full display for ALL to see. Just like the rest of us great unwashed. There is no ivory tower. Win or lose his billing as a "transformational" entity is an obvious sham and more and more of the populace is realizing it. The pleasure is in watching it happen.

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

that's the best part. Beware, as the servant whispered, as all glory is fleeting.

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 12:41 AM
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Beware, he who seeks revenge digs a grave for two.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 3, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

When Ronald Reagan made the job offer to Senator Hayakawa in exchange for dropping out of the race, HIS OWN DAUGHTER, Maureen Reagan, was running against him in the Primary and nary a peep was raised.

Obama's biggest 'crime' is being a democrat. If he were a Republican, we wouldn't hear a peep about this. This 'issue' is just manufactured outrage, pushed by a dying party with no new or useful ideas and magnified by the 24/7 news outlets. It's the criminalization of politics... the Republican's bread and butter.

Posted by: johnnydigital | June 3, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

It's the hypocrisy dudes ... the hypocrisy. Try to win the argument with the voters your philosophy vs. mine. Fine ... no problem this is America. But to sit there and look down your nose pretending to be so above it all. A new brand of politics so to speak. And you're just as bad if not worse than the other guy. Look at poor Blago frcrissakes ... getting strung up by his gonads for doing something The President of The United States is engaging in on a REGULAR basis. The hypocrisy ... and the arrogance. That is what's driving the anger here. And that is why this will cut Obama's administration deeply. They were supposed to be better than this. The New Frontier ... the Whiz Kids. Now they all look like a bunch of Daley Machine retreads. If this gets more airtime by the mainstream press (debatable) Obama is done. He can get a few things by due to his majorities while he still has them but his credibility will be shot and whatever Independents he has will be leaving the building. And it will be all self inflicted ... that's the best part. Beware, as the servant whispered, as all glory is fleeting.

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 3, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

You've got NO credibilty anymore, Wingnutters. None. Zero. Zip. Nada.


Like I said before......YAWN
.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 2, 2010 11:11 PM
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In 2008, 63 million voters say None. Zero. Zip. Nada to the Republicans.

Now, the Democrats call the shots.

In 2012, if the Republicans can get 10 million voters to side with them, then they will get to call the shots.

Until, then, stop being POOR LOSERS. Take your medicine, like the men you claim to be. Stop being pathetic whiners.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 2, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the comments here, conservatives really have gone mad. You can really see how they impeached Clinton, even after their disastrous 1998 election. Nothing Obama did was consistent with precedent (St. Reagan explicitly offered a job to SI Hayakawa), but Republicans don't care for the truth. They will NEVER accept it when a Democrat is elected President - period.

Posted by: legalla | June 2, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

This just proves Obama and his supporters claim to have high ethical standards when in reality they don't. This may or may not be a crime. We may never find out.

But don't stand above everyone claiming to be the most ethical, open, and honest administration ever when in reality the ethical standards couldn't be any lower.

To claim this is no big deal. That this is done all the time. That this is actually ethical behavior of the highest standards is ludicrous and offensive.

Obama said he'd be the most ethical President ever. He should be judged by his own standards.

Posted by: foxy77 | June 2, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunate for republicans: There is no there, there. Its a non-issue

Fortunate for republicans: That's never stopped them yet.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | June 2, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Sestak and Romanoff are just more of the same sleazy Washington politics that Obama swore on a stack of bibles he was above (snicker)- This is what I'm outraged about

1.Obama's administration approved the BP well
2. Obama's Minerals Management Service didn't oversee the safety precautions and upkeep of said well
3. Obama made a speech supporting the approval and management of more deep sea wells- giving the MMS a bigger responsibility to blow- weeks before the leak
4. Obama has chosen to outsource the biggest environmental disaster in history to BP a multinational private enterprise run by the Brits who use robots (hence the Robocop analogy)
5. Every attempt has unfortunately failed miserably with no end in sight until perhaps 2 1/2 months from now, with Florida nxt to suffer while Obama throws tarballs on the beach for the cameras!
6. If this was Bush every Dem would have 2 fingers in casts typing out the criticism.
7. Why aren't all Americans outraged by the above?

Posted by: thecannula | June 2, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

medogs- Cheney and Bush did nothing wrong and Congress including most Democrats approved the actions. Now if you are saying Democrats were tricked by Bush and Cheney who they considered stupid, then it doesn;t really say much about the intelligence of the Democrats we have running the country now.

Posted by: jschmidt2 | June 2, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

At the very least it shows this White House is willing to use underhanded tactics to rig elections for the candidates they want. This may not be illegal but it is certainly unethical. But considering the Democrat leadership in Congress we have running the country, being unethical is not a problem for Democrats.

Posted by: jschmidt2 | June 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Listen up outraged Republican NUTS: the day you rip off your WWJD bracelets or indict DICK Cheney and W for lying the country into war is the day we'll take your huffing and puffing for justice seriously. You were complicit in lies that led to the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and tens of tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians. W lied, thousands died. Try owning that and calling him to count, otherwise shut up because you're really very shrill and silly.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | June 2, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

If Blago can be charged, then so should Obama. Indict this Chicago thug already.

Posted by: LdSentinal | June 2, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

It's stupid crap like this that causes American's to continue to not take the Repug party seriously.


Sorry Wingnuts, there's no "There, There"....again.


If you were really serious about fighting real corruption you would have been calling for the impeachment of your heroes Shrub Jr and The Dick Cheney for war crimes, instead of cheerleading for them.


You've got NO credibilty anymore, Wingnutters. None. Zero. Zip. Nada.


Like I said before......YAWN
.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 2, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Drain you the first dog isn't BO its miss junk in the Trunk King Kongs sister.

Posted by: fe59 | June 2, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The stench from Obama is far stronger than the oil spill he's not cleaning up.

With Blago's trial tomorrow, we shall see more evidence of this corrupt Islamic fascist in the White House.

Posted by: LdSentinal | June 2, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I quoted acknowledged legal scholars on this, and linked to the sources of the quotes. You, by contrast, are simply reposting the same spam post over and over, with utterly nonsense claims about the law, sourced to, what? Sean Hannity??

We'll let our illustrious readers be the judge.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 10:10 PM
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You are really getting our 37thandOstreet. When he goes after your views AND your patriotism, you've really gotten under his skin.

First, 37th never presents anything but opinion. He cannot refute your facts, because he's not "into" facts. He will call you names hoping you will shrivel up.

Most of the regulars here PgUp when we see his posts. They are repetitive spamming of the blog.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 2, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

*YAWN...

More fake outrage from the Right Wing Lunatic Fringers..

Next thing you know, nutbags like Darrel Issa will be calling for impeachment hearings for Bo the First Dog.
.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 2, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation for all this non-news on WH job offers that WaPo has recently taken up.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | June 2, 2010 9:45 PM
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Yes, here it is:

1. Thread on Sestak allegedly receiving job offer got more than 800 comments.

2. Nothing better to report.

3. Go back to reason 1.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 2, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Funny how even Democrats are running from this administration. First Sestak, now Romanoff trying to portray himself as an outsider running against the Chi-town political machine. Don't fall for it Pennsylvania/Colorado. These guys WILL be tools for this administration. If Obambi is willing to offer them jobs to keep them from running, just think what he'd be offering them to vote for his disastrous policies. We already saw the hundreds of millions of our hard-earned tax dollars in vote buying for Obamacare!!

He simply suggested jobs though, that's the line from Romanoff the corrupt. They couldn't guarantee him anything. Yea right! What the hell good is a job offer to keep him from running if he may very well be passed over. The arrogance! They actually expect us to believe this??

Restore the balance, end the corruption...GOP '10!!!

Posted by: conservativemaverick | June 2, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Sleazy politics that The Lyin Hawaiians lapdogs at the Washington Compost won't bother digging into any more than they have to.

Posted by: fe59 | June 2, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Seems pretty clear to me:

Crimes and Criminal Procedure - 18 USC Section 600

Sec. 600. Promise of employment or other benefit for political activity

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Posted by: dnara | June 2, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey, this is just CHICAGO style politics played on a national level. Bribes, payoffs, broken legs, etc. No biggie. Maybe Obammao will pardon himself. Maybe this is why he went to Chicago on "vacation". You know, just to remind Blago that if he continued with his trial he might end up in the same place as Jimma Hoffa.

Posted by: Fiftycaltx1 | June 2, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

nOym

Legal scholars? What kind of crap is that?

You really have to think about the future of this country.

You personally are dragging this country down - no one needs people like you around.

We need an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR.

I SAID INDEPENDENT - not some hack that your side comes up with - AT THIS RATE, YOU MIGHT AS WELL HAVE WILLIAM AYERS IN THERE.


Seriously, man, you can not be serious.

This country deserves alot better than someone like you coming on and writing the crap you do.

This country has standards - and you don't measure up.

AND it is about time we start telling everyone - Obama and his affirmative action appointees do NOT measure up.

Time to clean house.


Obama failed to clean up MMS and now we have an oil spill.

Enough is enough with this incompetent crowd.


It really is an embarrassment - and the arrogance continues.

Obama is an EMBARRASSMENT TO THIS COUNTRY.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

nOym


I have to question your patriotism


I have to question whether you know what is best for this country.

What is best for this country to get rid of corruption and corrupt people as soon as possible.

You are trying to hide thing.

I have to question whether you really care about the future of this country - because if one group of people gets away with it - then others see a green light and try to get away with all sorts of other things.

I really don't believe you are thinking about what is best for this country.

You really have to re-think what you are saying - and if you don't agree with me, please go to the airport and leave the country tomorrow - BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT DESERVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU PUSHING YOUR LIES.

JUST LIKE OBAMA USED TO DO HIS COCAINE.


This country is sick of all these scum breaking laws - and getting away with it.


Taking a million dollars from BP - then doing nothing about MMS - and allowing lax safety standars - OH sorry, did that oil get spilled ???

It is a lax attitude like yours that leads to all these problems.

Please leave the country - and never come back.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Good to know the White House has time to run an employment service for disfavored Dimwitcrat candidates, since it apparently can't manage to do anything else that's terribly productive.

It does beg the question: If the White House doesn't trust rank and file party members to pick the best nominees, that doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the party does it?

Posted by: thebump | June 2, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Change? The only change Obama has brought to DC is 4 more black people in government housing.

Posted by: bo___stinks | June 2, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,
That's the funny thing about you wingnuts--you seem to think wishing something were true makes it true.

All you have to do to prove your point is to show where I've lied.

Oh, that's right: you thought it was enough just to claim I've lied, without showing what I've said is a lie.

I quoted acknowledged legal scholars on this, and linked to the sources of the quotes. You, by contrast, are simply reposting the same spam post over and over, with utterly nonsense claims about the law, sourced to, what? Sean Hannity??

We'll let our illustrious readers be the judge.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"At issue is whether the White House's statement on the matter accurately portrayed the entirety of the situation."

No, Chris. At issue is why you and the Washington Post are trying so very hard to help the GOP generate smears against the President out of whole cloth.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

(Pops popcorn, watching wingnuts thrash around, desperately trying to turn ordinary, legal, ethical politics into something dark and sinister)

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

nOym


You are a liar.


Please leave

Maybe there is some pond scum that you can find to be your friend.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Eowyn,
Sigh. As the story here makes clear, no promise of employment, or special consideration, was made.

Also, you should really know that "political activity" has a specific meaning--activity on someone else's behalf. It doesn't apply here, in any case (a person's decision whether or not to run for office).

If you want a rundown on what various legal experts say about this, including Republicans, see here:

http://mediamatters.org/research/201006020065

And no, Hannity isn't a legal expert.

Posted by: n0ym | June 2, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

msutt at 9:38 and jmjk at 9:36


You two are perfect examples of what is wrong with this country right now: You see something wrong, and you choose to look the other way.

You are two pathetic little slime.

Let me say this: The internet boom


The repeal of Glass-Steagall

The de-regulating of derivatives

The mortgage bubble.

Not doing anything about the mortgage bubble.

The Wall Street bubble.


the Wall Street Bail-Out

THE LAX SAFETY STANDARDS AT MMS - WHICH LED TO THE GULF BP OIL SPILL

This country is allow all these people to GET AWAY WITH THINGS - JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY AND EVERYTHING WILL BE OK, RIGHT?

NO, PEOPLE GET HURT - ALOT OF PEOPLE GET HURT.

WE HAVE TO START TO CLEAN UP THINGS.


YOU TWO ARE JUST LETTING MORE THINGS JUST SLIDE - AND PEOPLE GET HURT IN THE END.

THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE LIKE YOU, STANDING BY, WHILE ALL OF THE ABOVE THINGS JUST HAPPENED.


GO COMMIT SUICIDE - BECAUSE YOU ARE TWO IRRESPONSIBLE LITTLE SLIME.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse


The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation for all this non-news on WH job offers that WaPo has recently taken up.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | June 2, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

No job offer, no crime or wrongdoing. Why is this even news?

Posted by: msutt | June 2, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

What are we finding out here? That there's politics involved in .... politics?! What a big non issue. This is nothing like politicians trying to affect the operation of the criminal justice system or something that is supposed to be independent from political influence. This is just every day, everybody does it, party politics.

Posted by: fmjk | June 2, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Uh, excuse me, uh,,,,,we really don't want you running,,,,so we will be supporting the other guy,,,,,but HEY,,,,,uh,,,,if you would consider dropping out of the race,,,,,uh,,,,we,,,uh,,,,maybe,,,,might,,,be able to offer you a nice plushy job,,,,,but,,uh,,,,,,ya know,,,,maybe,,,,uh you know? Oh,,,and by the way, we didn't break any laws,,,,,did we? REALLY!!!

Posted by: barrysal | June 2, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Uh, excuse me, uh,,,,,we really don't want you running,,,,so we will be supporting the other guy,,,,,but HEY,,,,,uh,,,,if you would consider dropping out of the race,,,,,uh,,,,we,,,uh,,,,maybe,,,,might,,,be able to offer you a nice plushy job,,,,,but,,uh,,,,,,ya know,,,,maybe,,,,uh you know? Oh,,,and by the way, we didn't break any laws,,,,,did we? REALLY!!!

Posted by: barrysal | June 2, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Crimes and Criminal Procedure - 18 USC Section 600

Sec. 600. Promise of employment or other benefit for political activity

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Posted by: EowynR | June 2, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Eh. It's not like he's not qualified for the positions. I read his wikipedia page. He's got an undergrad from Yale and Master's in Public Policy from Harvard and he's got a law degree. He went to Rural schools in Nicaragua and Costa Rica to teach English. Clearly, he's qualified for all of those positions, the absence of maybe some managerial experience, but this is how folks get that experience.

Further, anyone choosing to call this "impeachment material" or "scandalous" would have to first impeach Ronald Reagan (who did the same in California to another senator), George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, and then George Bush (HECKUVA JOB BROWNIE!).

Posted by: calchala | June 2, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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