Appearing on Denver talk show, Senate candidate moves Jobsgate story forward.
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Into this picture stepped Congressman Issa, the California Republican who serves as the Ranking Member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa began asking questions on the issue of White House Counsel Robert F. Bauer And of Attorney General Eric Holder.
Answers, to say the least, were not forthcoming.
Yet as Bill O’Reilly has noted, there’s a “new sheriff” in town in terms of Fox News and the new media — which includes Peter Boyles out there in Denver. Mr. Boyles kept digging. I kept digging. All manner of others in the New Media — or what we call here
“The Virtual Newsroom” — kept digging. Sean Hannity was like a dog with a bone on this issue.
And sure enough — suddenly — progress.
The White House released a report that said, well, um, yes, ahhhh, gee….there was a job offer. To Sestak. And multiple job offers to Romanoff. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had asked former President Bill Clinton to contact Congressman Sestak with a job offer of an appointment to an advisory board on foreign intelligence. And, as the Denver Post had originally reported, Emanuel’s deputy, Jim Messina, did in fact make the US AID job offer to Romanofff along with two others.
At that point, Romanoff finally began to open up. While I didn’t get a return phone call, he did do some interviews, including on Fox, admitting the truth he had been so reluctant to discuss for months.
So the news with this interview?
The August 10th Colorado primary approaches. Romanoff has been endorsed by Bill Clinton — while Bennet carries the flag for the Obama White House. According to a story in the Colorado Independent, Romanoff is trailing Bennet in fundraising and has been trailing in the polls. But no election is over until it’s over — and Romanoff is clearly going all out, fueled in part by Clinton’s endorsement.
So finally it was time to bite the bullet — and talk to Peter Boyles. Who, in turn was gracious enough to invite me on the show and chat as well.
Romanoff was surely startled to find himself talking to me. But he was gracious — and moved the story forward.
Since his round of interviews when the White House put out the Bauer report, Congressman Issa had made it clear he would be pursuing his investigation.
So the key question to Romanoff: Win, lose or draw in his race for the Senate, would Andrew Romanoff cooperate with Congressman Issa in his investigation into Jobsgate? Were Attorney General Holder to pursue a Justice Department investigation into his White House bosses — would Andrew Romanoff cooperate?
Without missing a beat, live and on-air with Peter Boyles and Denver listening in, Romanoff was crisp.