White House counsel Bob Bauer has released the official explanation about public misunderstandings of whether or not Congressman Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania was offered a job in the Obama administration, in exchange for dropping out of his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter. You see, the Democrats really, REEL-LEE wanted to avoid an ugly primary in the Keystone State, so they enlisted presidential smoothie Bill Clinton to offer him an enticement that would be hard to turn down. Bauer:
Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board, which would avoid a divisive Senate primary, allow him to retain his seat in the House, and provide him with an opportunity for additional service to the public in a high-level advisory capacity for which he was highly qualified. The advisory positions discussed with Congressman Sestak, while important to the work of the Administration, would have been uncompensated.
Never mind that Sestak said repeatedly he was offered a "job," which by definition does not carry with it the condition "uncompensated." But we must emphasize how badly the Democrats wanted to avoid a primary, so coming up with something of value that would attract Sestak was necessary. Among the other tempting incentives they considered offering:
1. A green job
2. Box seats to a Pirates game
3. A framed copy of Specter's resignation from the Republican Party
4. A cookie
Officials finally settled on the equally valuable "uncompensated high-level advisory capacity" in the Administration. Can you believe Sestak turned them down?!
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