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WaPo: WH asked Clinton to intercede with Sestak

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by basso, May 28, 2010.

  1. basso

    basso Contributing Member
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    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/exclusive_white_house_asked_cl_1.html

    [rquoter]EXCLUSIVE: White House asked Clinton to talk to Sestak about Senate run
    Senior White House advisers asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he'd be open to other alternatives, according to sources familiar with the situation.

    But the White House maintains that the Clinton-Sestak discussions were informal, according to the sources. The White House, under pressure to divulge the specifics of its interactions with Sestak, will release a formal statement later today outlining their version of events, including Clinton's involvement.

    According to the sources, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Clinton and his longtime adviser, lawyer Doug Band, to talk to Sestak about the race. It's unclear right now whether the White House will say that Clinton was asked to suggest specific administration positions for Sestak, whether Clinton floated positions on his own, whether Clinton discussed other options not related to the adminstration, or whether employment even came up at all in the talks.

    But the news that Clinton is at the center of this whole story is noteworthy on its own because of the former president's stature, and underscores how heavily invested the White House was in dissuading Sestak from running. The White House sent Clinton to talk to Sestak because Arlen Specter, constituting the 60th Dem vote in the Senate, was viewed as key to enacting Obama's agenda.

    The White House maintains that Clinton's overtures to Sestak merely constituted an effort to gauge his seriousness about the race, the sources say, adding that Clinton was informally discussing the range of options open to Sestak as part of a larger conversation meant to ascertain Sestak's thinking.

    I've been unable to ascertain precisely what Clinton discussed with Sestak in terms of his future options, but the release of the White House's formal response will clear that up.[/rquoter]

    but Sestak says his brother spoke to the WH:

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/rubin/302661
     
  2. pgabriel

    pgabriel Educated Negro

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    is this illegal
     
  3. basso

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    dunno, but:

    Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
     
  4. Batman Jones

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    Hilarious that you would have the nerve to talk about impropriety or illegality. Hypocrite.
     
  5. SunsRocketsfan

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    despite what you think about basso's views you can't deny that maybe some wrong doing went on here from the article.
     
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  6. rimrocker

    rimrocker Contributing Member

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    and...

    and...

     
  7. Major

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    Wait - this scandal is over the White House offering the guy an unpaid "job"?
     
  8. GladiatoRowdy

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    For doing something that isn't even an "official act."
     
  9. Batman Jones

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    It's not what I think of basso's "views," it's that the prior president and his administration committed major criminal acts of various sorts on a repeated basis and basso alternately called them "kerfluffles" or called those who pointed them out traitors to our nation who obviously, according to him, wanted Saddam Hussein lionized and American troops to die. Meanwhile, this story is obviously much ado about nothing. He is a hypocrite of the highest order. Also, don't even pretend that attacking and rabidly attempting to discredit the messenger isn't a favorite sport of Republicans like basso and yourself.
     
  10. basso

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    White House investigation into alleged White House wrongdoing finds no White House wrongdoing.
     
  11. justtxyank

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    I have trouble believing they really offered him an unpaid gig to not run.
     
  12. vlaurelio

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    is this statement not true?

     
  13. RocketRick

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    Same here. The same white house, Obama zombies on here will never see the light. We need change and Obama has not brought the change we need. The same lies and back door deals are happening.

    This oil spill mess as well has not been addressed correctly. BP should not be allowed to operate as a business until they have stopped the leak. The Fed should have already mandated BP from any further business operations until the leak is addressed. These families in the south deserve more respect.
     
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  14. BigBenito

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    awesome post!


    will read again.
     
  15. basso

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    if you hold the practice in such disdain, why do you apply the same tactics with such relish?
     
  16. justtxyank

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    What?

    You want the government to step in and tell a business it is not allowed to operate until it fixes a problem that it is working to try and fix? What would that accomplish?
     
  17. Rip Van Rocket

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    I guess it wasn't a very difficult decision. Did they really think he would drop out of the race to take an unpaid position? I don't know, something just doesn't seem right about all this.
     
  18. RocketRick

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    If they caused an earth and live changing catastrophe such as BP, then yes I think the government should have the right to stop them from doing business to stop the catastrophe they caused.
     
  19. justtxyank

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    How would stopping them from doing business help them stop the catastrophe they caused?
     
  20. SamFisher

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    This isn't really isn't about Obama as much as it is an attempt to tarnish Sestak, who is already leading Toomey in the polls.

    Toomey is a terrible fit for Pennsylvania - he's about as anti-labor as they come. Uphill fight.
     

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