Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., who just defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the state’s Democratic primary, still needs to come clean about claims that he received a job offer from the White House, says Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
In February, Sestak said the Obama administration offered him the job so he wouldn’t run against Specter, who switched from the Republican Party last year and received President Obama’s support for re-election.
When Philadelphia radio station WKYW asked him whether the job was Navy secretary, Sestak declined to comment.
"Let me just say that both here in Pennsylvania, and down there (Washington), I was called quite a few times,” Sestak told WKYW.
“And all I said is look, I felt when a deal is made that it was hurting the Democratic process."
Issa questions why Sestak won’t reveal more.
“Could the reason why Congressman Joe Sestak refuses to name names is because the very people who tried to bribe him are now his benefactors?” Issa said in a statement Wednesday, according to CNSNews.com.
“For months, Sestak has repeatedly said without equivocation that the White House illegally offered him a federal job in exchange for dropping out of the race,” Issa said.
Sestak has a “moral imperative” to reveal who in the Obama administration offered a job as a persuasive tool, Issa said.
The issue isn’t closed, because a felony may have been committed by a White House official, Issa says. He has formally requested Attorney General Eric Holder to name a special prosecutor to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration now is welcoming Sestak with open arms in hopes he can beat Republican former Rep. Pat Toomey in the general election.
"I spoke to Joe Sestak last night and congratulated him on his impressive victory," Vice President Joe Biden said in a written statement, according to FoxNews.com.
"He will make a great candidate in the fall, and a wonderful United States senator. I look forward to campaigning for him.”
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