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President Obama’s chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday.
Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Clinton to explore the possibilities last summer, according to the briefed individuals, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the politically charged situation. Mr. Sestak said no and went on to win last week’s Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Senator Arlen Specter.
Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: The Washington Post also reports Emanuel asked Clinton "to talk to Joe Sestak about whether he was serious about running for Senate, and to feel out whether he'd be open to other alternatives."
On August 4, 2009, Sestak announced his candidacy for the seat in the United States Senate held by five-term incumbent Arlen Specter, whom he challenged for the Democratic nomination. He defeated him for the nomination on May 18, 2010, and will face GOP nominee Pat Toomey in the general election.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I know it's a bit slimy, but I don't think they can do anything about this, if it's true.
It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this. I doubt it will.
Originally posted by lpowell0627
Bill Clinton is certainly turning into quite the White House boy toy however. It seems, like with North Korea, he is being sent to do the dirty work that the White House really doesn't want to be directly related with.
Because it takes a couple of days(for the lawyers) to 'remember' what the story was.
Originally posted by MY2Commoncentsworth
Its taking a few days for everyone to get their stories straight. If therewas nothing done that was illegal, why not come forward with the complete explanation immediately?