Jake Tapper reports:
Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado house of representatives, issued a statement Wednesday evening claiming that the White House raised the possibility that he might be offered an administration job if he opted to not challenge incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
Romanoff also released what he said was an e-mail from White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina outlining three possible jobs — deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and Caribbean for the U.S. Agency for International Development; director of the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID; and director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency – he could have if he didn’t run.
Romanoff did not accept any of the offers, and currently is challenging Bennet, who has the endorsement of President Obama.
The White House did not comment. The statement comes as the White House attempts to distance itself from the controversy stemming from attempts – also unsuccessful – to convince Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., to not challenge Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., in the Pennsylvania primary. Sestak ultimately defeated Specter.
I’m glad this news is seeing the light of day on a national scale – and of course we can always count on Jake Tapper and Major Garrett to do the digging most others in the MSM can but won’t (and props to the AP for their reporting on it today as well), but I have to ask: Seeing as that a much less detailed version of this story was reported in the Denver media back in September 2009, why has this only now been given the attention it deserved back then? Furthermore, why are the WH and the politicos in question – Sestak and Romanoff – being allowed to get away with skirting around the quid pro quo issue by issuing statements like “It wasn’t a paying position” and “No job offer was promised”? Instead of the DOJ launching criminal and civil investigations into the BP oil spill drama, they should be launching investigations into who said what to whom and when and what was promised – and who authorized it. I won’t hold my breath, though.
We have what appears to be at least two incidents of the office of the WH breaking federal law, and there were hints nine months ago about one of them. I don’t have to tell you how this would have played out had Bush still been President.
Whatever. It’s time for answers. Maybe after Rahmbo – who was directly involved in the coordinating of the Sestak job offer – has taken care of the little matter of being subpoenaed in the BlagoGate matter he’ll take the time to give us a few.