Oh my: Administration admits that Colorado Dem was offered job to drop out of primary

posted at 5:26 pm on June 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Sestak story just getting started.” The news here isn’t that Andrew Romanoff was offered a job to help clear the way for Michael Bennet in the Senate primary; the Denver Post reported that allllll the way back in September of last year, citing multiple sources in the state Democratic leadership. The news is that the White House denied it at the time and that unnamed “administration officials” are formally un-denying it now. From last September:

Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and offered specific suggestions, according to several sources who described the communication to The Denver Post.

Romanoff turned down the overture, which included mention of a job at USAID, the foreign aid agency, sources said…

The White House said that no job was ever offered to Romanoff and that it would be wrong to suggest administration officials tried to buy him out of the contest.

“Mr. Romanoff was never offered a position within the administration,” said White House spokesman Adam Abrams.

That was the lie, and now comes the truth:

Administration officials dangled the possibility of a job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forego a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, his rival in an Aug. 10 primary, administration officials said Wednesday.

These officials declined to specify the job that was floated or the name of the administration official who approached Romanoff, and said no formal offer was ever made. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss private conversations…

Unlike Sestak, Romanoff has ducked questions on the subject, and it was not clear how long his discussions with administration officials lasted.

The Denver Post was strikingly silent about the job offer after their big scoop last year — until today, when the editorial page declared that it was time for both sides to come clean. (Romanoff told them “unequivocally” that he never received any offer, so now we know he’s a liar too.) Presumably the “administration officials” who ‘fessed up this afternoon were worried about Colorado media revisiting the story in the wake of l’affaire Sestak and decided to try to short-circuit the coverage by admitting what happened. Except that … by refusing to say what job he was offered and who offered it, they’re going to kick off all sorts of new speculation. If you’re going to come clean, come clean. The million-dollar exit question: How many more Sestaks and Romanoffs are there?


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It seems to be coming apart – at the worst possible time. In other words, it may be wag the dog time, and that’s not good for anybody since there are so many wagging opportunities out there between oil spills, Israel, Korea, Iran, the debt, bleah.

WitchDoctor on June 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

When the wheels come off the baby buggy, expect the baby to start bawling.

Que Obama’s crying and temper tantrum….

portlandon on June 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Why did the clown go to chicago for his vacation? Something to do with blago? Dead fish, horse’s head?

lukespapa on June 2, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Well, we do know he went to a BBQ at Martin Nesbitt’s (my old boss in the 90′s) who was involved with lots of sleazy real estate deals with Rezko in Englewood, Rezko was closely allied with Blago & Bobo and bought Bobo’s house for him. Real estate gig are at the heart of alot sleaze in Daley’s Chicago where boo-coo bucks were made by inside baseball deals amongst Chg pols, zoning changes and RE developers making substandard condos and changing Co. names 2-3 times a year. Valerie is a critical player in theses scheme through Habitat and stood to rake in millions if Bobo brought the Olympics to that same Englewood neighborhood.

To get an idea just how incestuous Chicago is, there is no better tool than mucketymuck an interactive map of who’ who in Chi-town. below is a link to Valerie’s connections, but muckety can be used to piece all the Obama players togother.

http://www.muckety.com/Valerie-B-Jarrett/4675.muckety

Remember to scroll your cursor over the boxes to open even more layers. Have fun.

Archimedes on June 2, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I would think it would be safe to say that the Democrats are trying to walk away..latest example is today no one but the mayor of Pittsburgh showed up to greet Obie at the airport. Talk about no coat tails. :)

Dire Straits on June 2, 2010 at 6:01 PM

And Obummer’s losing MAUREEN DOWD of the NYT. When you’ve lost Dowd…

Grace_is_sufficient on June 2, 2010 at 6:26 PM

It’s coming for you, Rahm, baby!

http://www.schoolbusdriver.org/redneck_monster_school_bus.jpg

paragon27x on June 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

“LOLZ”? Are you at the Hannah Montana concert again? The judge said 50 yards distance minimum.

Chuck Schick on June 2, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Thug-tastic!

WordsMatter on June 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Fred 2 on June 2, 2010 at 6:13 PM

I think people forget a couple things though. 1. Clinton was impeached. 2. Clinton was disbarred. He REALLY didn’t get away with it.

Another thing: Bribery is a lot worse than what Clinton got strung up doing. (Yes, I think there was a whole host of things he didn’t get strung up for but that’s a seperate issue) Definitely a lot worse than what Nixon resigned over. So what does he do? Resign? Wait for impeachment? I don’t think Democrats will stand behind him and defend him after they get squashed in November, 2010. They won’t go down for the man. They’ll say he was ONE MAN not the ENTIRE PARTY when all is said and done and in the end.

Sultry Beauty on June 2, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Just as Barkey thought it was dead, a hand reaches out from the fresh grave, and grabs him by the ankle!

drunyan8315 on June 2, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Most honest, most open, most transparent….you better HOPE we CHANGE! Hey! It’s just Chicago-style politics! We’ve used in before, it works. You don’t like? “I won!” STFU!

GarandFan on June 2, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Not sure if I want obama impeached, but I do want him to be so much damaged goods that he loses to ‘Cuda in 2012.

Did anyone notice that every dem running for anything this year in PA, ran away when he visited Pittsburgh today?

ConservativePartyNow on June 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I wonder when he’ll be feigning the illness. Trust me, he will be feigning illness.

Biden’s looking pretty strong these days. Nice appearance at Arlington, came to Israel’s defense, and his gaffes have been few in recent weeks. IMHO we can deal with Joe Biden till 2012, get rid of Piglosi and Reid in 2010 and start rebuilding with new blood and clear thinking Americans who at least love our Nation and don’t want it destroyed.

Key West Reader on June 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Except that … by refusing to say what job he was offered and who offered it, they’re going to kick off all sorts of new speculation.

We know it’s not fluffer, the media does that for free.

malclave on June 2, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Key West Reader on June 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Never thought I would say something like this, but I think I might agree with you.

truetexan on June 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

LOLZ at the curdog. You are a blind fool. But what else is new?

Lanceman on June 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Never thought I would say something like this, but I think I might agree with you.

truetexan on June 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Biden would be 100 times better than Obama. *gag* Joe’s just a bit inept. The PantLoad is actively doing this on purpose.

BigWyo on June 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.
crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

LOLZ.
Ya ,that reliable Dem/Left sleaze and corruption is always a hoot.
Now, go make me a samich.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 2, 2010 at 6:56 PM

How many more Sestaks and Romanoffs are there?

How long is Obama’s nose?

Tav on June 2, 2010 at 6:56 PM

La Cosa Obamanostra.

Tav on June 2, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Where is Deep Throat when you really need him?

Tav on June 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Obama is sinking in the sludge by the hour.

A president rigging elections, isn’t that what all these laws were designed to prevent?

tarpon on June 2, 2010 at 7:01 PM

This is way worse than anything Nixon ever did.

Kissmygrits on June 2, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Again…if this as-hole was white, they’d be drawing up articles of impeachment right now.

LtE126 on June 2, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Oh, I’m sure there are dozens gathering dust on hard drives awaiting a reasonable chance of hitting the target. The targets keep poking up heads, and like Whack-A-Mole, one will eventually get Whacked.

The only unanswered questions are, “Ft. Marcy Park” or “Chicago River”.

Who is John Galt on June 2, 2010 at 7:15 PM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

LOLZ???? What? Are you 10?

capejasmine on June 2, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Where is Deep Throat when you really need him?

Tav on June 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Still trapped under the bus but there will be one eventually!

bluemarlin on June 2, 2010 at 7:40 PM

As much as it pains me, crr6 is right about impeachment.

The chances of Lord Barry The One being impeached are about the same as my chances of becoming Secretary of War. (Just for the record, I’d change it back to the War Department, because that sounds cooler.)

tsj017 on June 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM

The chances of Lord Barry The One being impeached are about the same as my chances of becoming Secretary of War. (Just for the record, I’d change it back to the War Department, because that sounds cooler.)

tsj017 on June 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM

You want that job, just put up a good showing against one of his preferred candidates. Of course you have to run as a Democrat.

bluemarlin on June 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM

I hate to have a job in an aspirin factory in Africa right now.

Ampleforth on June 2, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Again…if this as-hole was white Republican, they’d be drawing up articles of impeachment right now.

LtE126 on June 2, 2010 at 6:13 PM

BigWyo on June 2, 2010 at 7:58 PM

LOLZ???? What? Are you 10?

capejasmine on June 2, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Hey! Quit insulting 10 year olds! There is NO comparison between a child of 10 years and this twit.

Impeachment? Not at this point. Give him time. I think the currs laughter is nervous laughter. Give Obama time. I used to think he was too smart to commit an impeachable offense. Not so much anymore… He’s revealed himself to be an imbecile. He’s just the puppet.

Army Brat on June 2, 2010 at 7:58 PM

cue Joey Hairplugs:

“This is a big effin’ deal!”

johnny alpha on June 2, 2010 at 8:22 PM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

That is pretty funny. At least right now. I mean look at all the corrupt Dems there are in the House to block anything that comes forward before next Feb. when the new Congress will be in place.

Sporty1946 on June 2, 2010 at 8:52 PM

As much as I’d love to see an impeachment, hearing about how “evil and racist the Rethuglicans are” for the next thirty freaking years would push me over some kind of brink. Certainly my blood pressure would be the same as the oil pressure gushing from the sea floor.

Let’s just neuter the cojone-free metrosexual commie this November and let history write the epitaph.

Who is John Galt on June 2, 2010 at 9:07 PM

The million-dollar exit question: How many more Sestaks and Romanoffs are there?

Tip o’ the iceberg. This administration is a crooked as the day is long.

Here’s an exit question for you:
How long will it take until the bloodhound instincts of true journalism begin to stir, and the press turns on Obama?

disa on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Administration admits that Colorado Dem was offered job to drop out of primary

Yeah, and what are you scruffy little tea baggers going to do about it?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 2, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Administration admits that Colorado Dem was offered job to drop out of primary

Yeah, and what are you scruffy little tea baggers going to do about it?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 2, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Laugh at your puny little teabags?

Seriously, did you forgot a sarc tag or am I just falling behind the scorecard of trolls vs. “funny guys”?

Who is John Galt on June 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.
crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Impeachment? Meh. A 60-seat swing in the House and a pickup of 10 or so in the Senate would be OK, along with your messiah stuck at about a 30% approval rating.

ddrintn on June 2, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Yeah, and what are you scruffy little tea baggers going to do about it?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 2, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Well, your handle and lack of reply scream “Troll”, and your use of “that” term scream “Banhammer”. Maybe AP already banned you.

If so, good riddance.

Good luck to your buddy Blago, Dr. I hope he turns State’s Evidence. It’ll help flush the toilet if he does.

Who is John Galt on June 3, 2010 at 12:07 AM

LOLZ at the impeachment talks. You guys are just precious.

crr6 on June 2, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Translated:

Look at me laugh at myself. See, you people don’t realize the kind of trash it takes to adequately represent me, and my fellow looters. 0bama won’t get impeached, as all the looters, trash and welfare recipients will join me in protecting my Sugar Daddy in Chief.

MNHawk on June 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM

He won’t be impeached because of the make up of the House and Senate not because he hasn’t done anything impeachable. Indeed, the offenses are like a stack of pancakes. Think about a stack of impeachable moments.

LarryG on June 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

One thing that was interesting to me about Obama. He knew better than to run with a record. He had to sell the promise of change, instead. It worked.

But then, anyone with a brain would know that your credibility in that situation is non-existent, really. Nobody has a bead on you because there’s virtually no track record. You blow it? You blow it big-time.

He has so blown this. And for what? To avoid a primary fight?

How dumb.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I hope no one here is getting too excited about impeachment or resignations from the top. We must all take a deep breath and remember that Democrats do not resign and they are also currently in charge of the Senate (which handles impeachment proceedings). Personally, I have little faith in our voters (who voted in the current administration), to vote out those in charge. When I start to see high level people resign, then I’ll start looking for action a little higher up! Until then, I’m not holding my breath.

scottjenn on June 3, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s credibility is as threadbare as a crackwhore’s last pair of panties.

Barry has said the same essential thing- no closed borders until I get my Shamnesty bill passed- on his own, already, so this claim by Kyl is nothing new in The One’s spew of fatuous speechifying.

Otherwise Obama could have sealed the borders already.

For national security reasons, if nothing else.

But he has little interest in national security.

Power is his opiate.

Security only a pressure point to win votes.

Bush had a torn screen door for our border, and W. sucked on that issue for his entire term.

Obama has decided to remove even that flimsy obstruction… ostensibly “for repairs”…(Amnesty Reform)

One hopes that any jihadis crossing our treacherously unguarded borders find the fools leaving it unsecured, first.

profitsbeard on June 21, 2010 at 8:19 PM

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