Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) issued a statement Friday confirming the White House's account of its job offer to him to get out of the Senate primary race.
"Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives," Sestak said. "I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former president said he knew I'd say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects."
Pennsylvania Republicans were unsatisfied with Sestak's explanation.
"Joe Sestak's refusal to comment on this issue until the White House released their carefully concocted statement, proves that Joe Sestak is now officially the same kind of Washington 'insider' he claimed to be fighting against," Mike Barley, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, said in a statement. "Regardless of what the White House or Joe Sestak may hope, this is a matter that should be pursued and not forgotten over a long holiday weekend."
Washington Republicans said Friday the memo only raises more questions about the job offer, which they say could have broken federal laws. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is holding a press conference at 2:50 p.m. where he's again expected to call for an investigation into the White House job offer.