You may have heard the allegations that Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate who knocked off Snarlin' Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary a week ago, has made concerning a job offer that someone in the Obama administration made, assuming he would discreetly leave the race against Specter. Sestak has been pretty clear about it and mentioned the topic again over the weekend on Meet the Press.
Now comes White House operative David Axelrod, recent Beloit College commencement speaker (and as a Beloit alum I couldn't be more proud), who suggests that Sestak isn't exactly telling the truth:
Senior adviser to the president David Axelrod said Monday evening that there is “no evidence” that White House officials tried to keep a Democratic congressman from entering the Pennsylvania Senate race by offering him a high-ranking government job.So Sestak is lying, then? Or is Axelrod? No wonder President Obama would rather do interviews with Marv Albert than take a chance with an increasingly restive White House press corps.
“When the allegations were made, they were looked into. And there was no evidence of such a thing,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA.”
Axelrod acknowledged that if White House officials dangled a job in front of Rep. Joe Sestak’s face to keep him away from challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, that would “constitute a serious breach of the law.”
Axelrod also acknowledged that there were “conversations” involving White House officials and Sestak, but said that those had been “looked at” by White House lawyers and “their conclusion was that it was perfect — the conversations were perfectly appropriate.”