Despite not-so-gently nudging the White House over the past week, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) says he wants to be President Barack Obama’s biggest ally in the Senate.
Sestak made waves last week when he disclosed that the White House had offered him a job in exchange for ending his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.). And this week, Sestak’s campaign launched a video in which Obama supporters express disappointment in the president’s decision to back Specter.
But Sestak said in an interview with The Hill that even though he is trying to change how politics is done, there is no ill will toward the president.
“The president actually, I believe, wants a real Democrat in this seat,” Sestak said. “The president is right, and I want to be one of his strongest allies – not a yes man – in effecting his policies.”
Sestak said he didn’t seek to hurt the president by saying he was offered a job. He said he was merely answering a question.
Sestak declined to elaborate on who offered the job or what job it was.
“Why would I want to harm anyone?” Sestak said.