JUNE 03, 2010
In the latest of many political scandals to rock the Obama Administration, another U.S. Senate candidate has acknowledged that the president tried bribing him with a lucrative government job to abandon the race in order to protect the White House favorite.
Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was offered the possibility of three high-ranking government positions if he agreed not to challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet, formally endorsed by the president, in this year’s primaries. Two of the jobs involved working for a State Department affiliate—U.S. Agency for International Development—and one with the U.S. Trade Development Agency.
Romanoff rejected the offer but revealed this week that they were extended via electronic mail last fall by Obama’s deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina. A political news site has posted a copy of
Romanoff says he left
This scandal comes on the heels of a separate but similar White House scheme to prevent Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak from challenging incumbent Arlen Specter in that state’s Senate contest. Sestak, a two-term congressman from
Like Romanoff, Sestak refused the president’s offer and defeated Specter in last month’s Democratic primaries just as
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