Democrats mum on Sestak job offer 

We may never know what job Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak was offered in exchange for dropping out the primary he just won.

Sestak made the Sunday talk show rounds and stuck to the same answer he gave the Examiner when asked what job, if any, the Obama administration had waved in front of him to stop him from challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, the Democrat who lost Tuesday’s primary.

On Meet the Press, there was this exchange:

Host David Gregory: “Yes or no. Straightforward question. Were you offered a job and what was the job?”

Sestak:¬† “I was offered a job. I answered that.”

Gregory: “You said no, you wouldn’t take the job. Was it the Secretary of the Navy job?

Sestak: “Anything that goes beyond that is others¬† to talk about.”

Others, meaning White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, were not much help either.

Gibbs was grilled about the job offer on CBS’s Face the Nation and gave an equally unhelpful answer.

Host Bob Schieffer asked Gibbs “what post he was offered,” and Gibbs would only say, “lawyers in the White House and others have looked into conversations that were had with Congressman Sestak and nothing inappropriate happened.”

Gibbs said the GOP is dredging up the subject to divert attention from their own political problems and then told Schieffer, “I’m not going to get further into what the conversations were.”

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who is the top Republican on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said he may file an ethics complaint if Sestak refuses to talk about the offer, which Issa said could break laws, not to mention House ethics rules.

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