The New York Times is reporting today that President Obama’s chief of staff asked former President Bill Clinton to be an intermediary to ask Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak whether he would be willing to drop out of a Senate primary in exchange for a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position.
Rahm Emanuel asked Clinton to explore the possibilities last summer, according to individuals who were briefed on the matter but insisted on anonymity, the Times reported. Sestak, who declined the offer, won last week’s Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Sen. Arlen Specter, whom the White House had supported.
The White House did not offer Sestak a full-time paid position because Emanuel wanted him to stay in the House instead of risking losing his seat, according to the Times report, which CNN reported a short time after the Times posted its story that it confirmed independently.
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