Sestak Says It’s Not His Responsibility

May 23, 2010

Today on Meet the Press, the Democrat candidate for Senate, Joe Sestak, admitted he was offered a job by the White House (via Politico):

Sestak acknowledged in an interview in February that he was offered a
position by an unnamed White House official – a potential violation of
federal law – but has not offered any specifics on conversation.
Republicans are trying to use the issue against Sestak in the November
Senate race.

"It's interesting. I was asked a question about something that
happened months earlier, and I felt that I should answer it honestly,
and that's all I had to say about it." Sestak said Sunday on NBC's "Meet
the Press." "Anybody else has to decide on what they will say upon
their role. That's their responsibility."

Yet Sestak confirmed to NBC's David Gregory that the incident did
take place.

"I was offered a job, and I answered that," Sestak said. "Anything
that goes beyond that is for others to talk about."

Considering the job offer might have possibly been a violation of federal law, or at the very least, the type of political maneuvering that many voters deplore, Sestak's refusal to provide more information about the offer is troubling.  He says, "Anybody else has to decide on what they will say upon their role.  That's their responsibility….I was offered a job.  Anything that goes beyond that is for others to talk about."  Is this the same position he will take as a Senator? 

If someone were to offer Senator Sestak a bribe, would he just turn them down and leave it up to them to turn themselves in? Or would he let the proper authorities, and the voters, know what was going on, to serve as a strong deterrent for such behavior?  Even if Sestak did not want to raise the issue of the White House job offer, now that it is out in the open doesn't he have some responsibility to provide additional details?  It appears he doesn't think so.  After all, he said, "That's their responsibility."  Well, at least with that statement he is clear with the voters about where he stands on the issue of responsibility.

– Lorie Byrd (Crossposted at Wizbang.)

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  1. XBradTC says:

    If someone were to offer Senator Sestak a bribe, would he just turn them down and leave it up to them to turn themselves in?
    Why not? That’s what John Murtha did.

  2. Neo says:

    It’s amazing to hear this from a former 3-star admiral .. Sestak needs to “man up”

  3. cindi says:

    Only in Philly. Sestak needs to man up. Sure hope he isn’t raising kids!

  4. Estragon says:

    If an offer of valuable consideration – such as a high-paying federal job – were offered to influence the outcome of a federal election (including party primaries for federal offices), that is a felony. Failure to report a felony is “misprision of a felony,” a misdemeanor of itself – however, under current case law, to be guilty of misprision of a federal felony must not only entail knowledge of the crime and failure to report it, but also some overt act to conceal it.
    So Sestak is probably in the clear himself, unless he refused to answer the questions to a federal enforcement official – FBI, or someone with the US Attorney’s office. But his feet should be held to the fire of public opinion until he answers publicly, for the offer is certainly that of a bribe.
    XBradTC ~ Murtha only turned down the bribe when it became clear the Sheik (con man Mel Weinberg in costume) and his cohorts would not allow some underling to pick it up for him, or put it in some bank account back in PA-12 – they insisted it be paid directly to him, and he got suspicious and stayed away. He was able to cop a plea only by agreeing to testify about the others who grabbed the money.
    The investigation would have nabbed several more Democrats – they were only beginning to get into senior people and Senators. Senator Talmadge was supposed to come pick up his cash the very day AG Griffin Bell was informed of the sting, and didn’t show up. They were old friends, Democrats from Georgia. Bell put the kibosh on the whole thing, realizing they were getting far more Democrats than Republicans (although it was Republican John Jenrette of South Carolina who gave one of the more memorable lines on the hidden video: “In this town, money talks and bullsh*t walks!”) and this wasn’t good for business.