I'll keep beating this dead horse as long as it takes:
"I believed that Americans of every political stripe were hungry for a new kind of politics, a politics that focused not just on how to win but why we should...You can't at once argue that you're the master of a broken system in Washington and offer yourself as the person to change it." --Sen. Obama, Dec. 27, 2007Yeah, so much for hope and change. By now, it should be obvious to all that instead of some new kind of principled politics we got Chicago sleaze by the boatload!
Especially with Thursday's admission from the White House that yes, Jim Messina, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, had discussed several job opportunities with Andrew Romanoff in an effort to dissuade him from mounting a primary challenge to Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). Personnel discussions for jobs at this level described are routinely handled by the Office of White House Personnel. In this case, Jim Messina, second only to Rahm Emanuel made the approach.
Here's the key paragraph from the White House statement:
Jim Messina called and emailed Romanoff last September to see if he was still interested in a position at USAID, or if, as had been reported, he was running for the US Senate. Months earlier, the President had endorsed Senator Michael Bennet for the Colorado seat, and Messina wanted to determine if it was possible to avoid a costly battle between two supporters.This is the same sort of potentially illegal activity which appears also to have happened in the Sestak affair. Only this time, we have emails to back up the charges:
Email with Job "Suggestions" from Jim Messina to Andrew Romanoff Romanoff Confirms Jobs Link
A statement released by Andrew Romanoff along with the emails from Messina confirms the suspicion that the possible jobs were a quid pro quo:
In September 2009, shortly after the news media first reported my plans to run for the Senate, I received a call from Jim Messina, the President's deputy chief of staff. Mr. Messina informed me that the White House would support Sen. Bennet. I informed Mr. Messina that I had made my decision to run.How much longer will Democrats stonewall a full and complete investigation of this matter?
Mr. Messina also suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not pursuing the Senate race.