GOP Accuses Obama Of Offering Job To Joe Sestak In Return For Quitting Senate Race

The GOP is hammering away at their accusation that the president offered Senate candidate Joe Sestak an administration job in return for quitting his ultimately successful Pennsylvania primary bid to unseat Arlen Specter.

“I think it’s looking increasingly like there’s something that they’re trying to hide,” said former Rep. Pat Toomey (R), who is running against Sestak for the Senate seat this fall, in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Tuesday night. “If Joe is going to be the man of principle that he says he’s going to be in this campaign, I think he would be more forthcoming.” Regardless of his motivations, Toomey’s comments are the latest in a barrage of rhetoric coming out of the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee that seeks to raise questions about a largely ignored comment — at the time — made by Sestak to a local television show in late February regarding White House involvement in trying to drive him from the race. “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 on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “Anybody else has to decide on what they will say upon their role. That’s their responsibility.”

The Washington Post says the White House is “stonewalling” on whether a job offer was ever made. It’s quite illegal for a sitting president to make such an offer during an election. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is calling Obama’s supposed offer “an impeachable offense.’