Today on Meet the Press, the Democrat candidate for Senate, Joe Sestak, admitted he was offered a job by the White House (via Politico):
Sestak acknowledged in an interview in February that he was offered a position by an unnamed White House official – a potential violation of federal law – but has not offered any specifics on conversation. Republicans are trying to use the issue against Sestak in the November Senate race.
“It’s interesting. I was asked a question about something that happened months earlier, and I felt that I should answer it honestly, and that’s all I had to say about it.” Sestak said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Anybody else has to decide on what they will say upon their role. That’s their responsibility.”
Yet Sestak confirmed to NBC’s David Gregory that the incident did take place.
“I was offered a job, and I answered that,” Sestak said. “Anything that goes beyond that is for others to talk about.”
Considering the job offer might have possibly been a violation of federal law, or at the very least, the type of political maneuvering that many voters deplore, Sestak’s refusal to provide more information about the offer is troubling. He says, “Anybody else has to decide on what they will say upon their role. That’s their responsibility….I was offered a job. Anything that goes beyond that is for others to talk about.” Is this the same position he will take as a Senator?
If someone were to offer Senator Sestak a bribe, would he just turn them down and leave it up to them to turn themselves in? Or would he let the proper authorities, and the voters, know what was going on, to serve as a strong deterrent for such behavior? Even if Sestak did not want to raise the issue of the White House job offer, now that it is out in the open doesn’t he have some responsibility to provide additional details? It appears he doesn’t think so. After all, he said, “That’s their responsibility.” Well, at least with that statement he is clear with the voters about where he stands on the issue of responsibility.