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Obama’s Jobs for Dropping out of Elections Stimulus

The charges of a second occurrence of the White House “Jobs for Dropping out of Elections” plan have finally hit the so-called mainstream media.  We’re left to wonder if positions for soon-to-be-out-of-work Democrat candidates was hidden somewhere in the massive trillion-dollar stimulus package.

According to an  Associated Press report, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina “dangled” three separate jobs availabilities before former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year that were available if he just weren’t tied up with that race challenging Democrat incumbent Sen. Michael Bennett. 

Messina actually outlined the particulars of the three separate positions in an email to Romanoff:  Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and Caribbean, USAID, Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency at the USTDA.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been relentless in pursuit of the truth in this growing scandal.

“Just how deep does the Obama White House’s effort to invoke Chicago-style politics for the purpose of manipulating elections really go?  Clearly, Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff aren’t isolated incidents and are indicative of a culture that embraces the politics-as-usual mentality that the American people are sick and tired of,” Issa said.

After months of stonewalling, the White House last Friday issued a statement saying former president Bill Clinton, at the behest of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, spoke with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) asking him to accept a position and drop out of the U.S. Senate primary race to clear the field for the candidate the Obama White House preferred: Sen. Arlen Specter.

Sestak declined the job offer and then defeated Specter in the primary.  Now Sestak and the White House both are trying to say the "job" was a non-paying commission appointment.  Trouble is Sestak said he spoke with Clinton once for less than a minute about a job.

The White House statement says, "Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board, which would avoid a divisive Senate primary, allow him to retain his seat in the House, and provide him with an opportunity for additional service to the public in a high-level advisory capacity for which he was highly qualified."

The glaring problem with the White House statement is the "June and July of 2009" part.  Sestak said he and Clinton spoke once.  In June and July?  Sestak would also have been required to step down as a member of Congress to serve on the board in the "uncompensated" position the White House claims they discussed with Sestak.

Right.

“The fact of the matter is this White House has lost all credibility and the American people can no longer rely on the word of the White House when it tried to deflect and deny allegations of questionable and potentially illegal conduct,” Issa said.  “These incidents underscore the need for some independent agent, whether it is a special prosecutor or the FBI, to launch an investigation and determine once and for all the extent of the White House’s efforts to manipulate elections and if those actions resulted in the violations of any laws.”

Fox News has reported the Romanoff job offer for weeks with the Obama-biased media ignoring these additional bribery allegations.  With the new revelations, the White House says they weren’t really offering a job to Romanoff, only chatting about how bright his future could be if he would only drop out of the Senate race.

“If things were as benign and innocent as the White House is trying to make it sound, there would have been no need for Messina to have sent an e-mail detailing three positions that would be available to Romanoff should he withdraw from the Colorado Senate primary,” Issa said.  “If it were as simple as following up on an application, Messina would have taken no for an answer after speaking with Romanoff, instead he persisted with the intent of coercing him with the implied promise of a job.  Clearly, that was the intent, which was conditioned on Romanoff exiting the primary which is bare-knuckle Chicago-style politics-as-usual.  Can anyone imagine a scenario where Romanoff exits the primary and doesn’t get the job?”

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Lamar Smith (Texas) recently joined with Issa asking for an FBI investigation.  In the wake of the additional allegations breaking through in news reports, Smith renewed his calls for an independent investigation.

“It appears the administration’s political interference in elections is not limited to the Pennsylvania Senate primary,” Smith said.  “I am concerned that the Obama Administration has engaged in a habit of attempting to manipulate the democratic election process to benefit the Democratic Party.  Such actions are certainly unethical and may very well be criminal.  And it makes the recent White House report attempting to downplay allegations even less believable.”

“I again urge the FBI to immediately investigate possible corrupt practices by White House officials.  Similarly, the Justice Department should reconsider the request to appoint a special counsel.  Though the administration may think this is ‘politics as usual’, I can assure the American people that Congress will not stop until we are satisfied that we have found the truth,” Smith added.

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