Rendell is latest Dem to want more information on Sestak offer

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) on Wednesday pressed for more information on an alleged job offer the White House made to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to force him out of the state's Senate primary.

Rendell is the third high-profile Democrat to ask for better disclosure, the other two being Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), a close ally of the White House, and Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.)

The Allentown Morning Call reported:

"I actually think the White House and Joe Sestak should be a little more detailed and put this behind them," Rendell said.

He said the issue of whether Sestak was offered a job in the Obama administration to get out of the primary race against [Sen. Arlen] Specter [D-Pa.] isn't on the forefront of voters' minds. But, he acknowledged that it is a distraction that will only linger if not addressed. 

Republicans — led by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (Calif.) — have called on the White House to reveal what it offered Sestak to vacate the race against Specter.

The offer was allegedly made months ago, when Sestak was trailing the senator. Sestak eventually won the primary over Specter, whom President Barack Obama had endorsed.

Sestak is facing former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in the general election. Toomey has also called for full disclosure about the offer.

Issa has said that the offer could be illegal, even an "impeachable offense" for Obama. But Rendell said he is sure nothing illegal happened, saying that these types of conversations have been "going on for decades."