The President’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told me the White House has nothing more to add to further explain the circumstances surrounding discussions with Andrew Romanoff and Rep. Joe Sestak about potential jobs that could have steered them away from running against incumbents in Democratic primaries.
House Republicans have introduced a resolution of inquiry to find out more about the job talks. Andrew Romanoff, a former Colorado House Speaker was approached by a White House official about possible government jobs that could have kept him from running against incumbent Senator Michael Bennet. Rahm Emanuel himself enlisted the help of former President Bill Clinton to try to persuade Sestak not to run against incumbent Senator Arlen Specter. Both Romanoff and Sestak won their primaries.
During my exclusive This Week interview, Emanuel said that a report on the Sestak matter released by White House Counsel Bob Bauer concluded that nothing inappropriate had taken place. He added that two attorneys who worked in the Bush administration reached a similar conclusion. Emanuel said, “There is nothing…more that needs to be added to that.”
Left unanswered was whether this position undermines the President’s pledge to change the way Washington works.