Almost three weeks ago, Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak made an astounding revelation. The White House offered a plum job in the administration if he would only drop his primary battle against now Democrat, former Republican, former Democrat, Arlen Specter.
Both Fox News and the Philadelphia Enquirer spoke to unnamed White House officials, who insisted on “anonymity,” but had denied the congressman’s claim. Sestak, meanwhile, has repeatedly stood by his assertion that the administration offered him a job in exchange for not running against Specter.
Last week White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked the question out in the Instead of answering the question, Gibbs put on his “tap” shoes and danced around the question. He said he would have to “check on it” before he could deny Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D.-Pa.) claim that the administration had offered him a high-ranking job in the administration in exchange for not mounting a primary challenge against incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. This is not the first time Gibbs has dodged the question.
Yesterday, Fox White House Reporter, Major Garret of Fox News asked Gibbs about Specter’s comments that Sestak needs to prove his claim and that the accusation is “hurting the White House, damaging its reputation.”
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But Gibbs again did not have an answer: “I don’t have an update on that, but let me check and get back to you.” Gibbs responded.
When Garret followed-up, “Do you have an evaluation of Sen. Specter’s question?”
Gibbs said, “No.”
An unnamed White House official, speaking on “background,” denied Sestak’s claim to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which had reported that an unnamed White House official, who insisted on “anonymity,” had “vociferously” denied the congressman’s claim.
The controversy started on Feb. 18, when Sestak appeared on “Larry Kane: Voice of Reason,” a public affairs television program on the Comcast Network in Pennsylvania. Kane asked, “Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?”
“Yes,” said Sestak.
“Was it secretary of the Navy?” said Kane.
“No comment, though I would never get out for a deal. I’m in this for the Democratic principles,” said Sestak.
“Okay,” said Kane. “But there was a job offered to you by the White House?”
“Yes, someone offered–” said Sestak.
“It was big, right?” asked Kane.
“It was—let me not comment on it,” Sestak said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, which had a reporter present when Sestak taped the interview with Kane, reported that Sestak “nodded when asked if the offer was for a high-ranking post.”
..On Feb. 19, Martha MacCallum interviewed Sestak on Fox News and asked him about his allegation that the administration had offered him a job in exchange for not running against Specter in the primary.
“The White House now says, you know, on background, that that is not true and that they have no further comment on it, but that it’s not true,” she said. “Your response, sir?”
“I was asked a direct question yesterday, and I answered it honestly,” said Sestak. “There’s nothing more to go in to.”
So what is the answer Mr. Gibbs? If Sestak is full of Bull tell us. Your non answer is beginning to become an answer in itself.