Appearing on Denver talk show, Senate candidate moves Jobsgate story forward.
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Romanoff said he had no idea how the job offers were generated. Which translates: we don’t know whether outgoing Democratic Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, who had appointed Bennet, was the instigator of the Colorado version of Jobsgate. Was it Governor Ritter who got Messina to make the job offers to Romanoff? Or did the idea originate in the White House.
Mr. Romanoff had a “don’t know” answer for that.
He clearly wanted to talk about other issues — anything, I’m sure — other than Jobsgate. He said he didn’t believe Denver was being run as a “Sanctuary City” — a charge being made repeatedly against Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is running for the Democrats’ nomination for governor. Romanoff, as with Sestak in Pennsylvania, insisted that the real issue was jobs and that Coloradans wanted to talk about how he would help create jobs.
I took the opportunity to point out that credibility was a basic issue with Americans all over the country. Noting with humor that I had early on in life served as press secretary to a U.S. Senator, it had amazed me that he, Romanoff, thought he could simply not answer questions on the Jobsgate issue and not have people be concerned about the basic issue of his being forthcoming on any issue. His answer? Romanoff quickly said if he wins he might offer me a job.
A job? A job for a favor?
Uh-oh. Isn’t that where we started? Touché to Mr. Romanoff.
The show went into the usual commercial break.
Suddenly I heard Peter Boyles’ voice coming through the line off-air.
It seems Mr. Romanoff had enough. He had just told the Boyles producer he wasn’t staying on the line. And with that…interview over.
Here’s to you, Andrew Romanoff. Koo-koo ka-chew, as Simon and Garfunkel used to say.
Thanks for talking. Thanks for answering an important question.
And Congressman Issa?
Mr. Romanoff is happy to cooperate with you. Peter Boyles has the tape.
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