After starting to settle into the idea that the issue regarding their offer to Democratic Candidate Joe Sestak was starting to see the road to the archives and out of the current events sections of newspapers and news programs, The White House awoke to another hit. Current Colorado Democratic Candidate Andrew Romanoff, it has been reported was also offered a position in exchange for dropping out of the current race.
While this is a disruptive situation for any administration, it is realized that this one in particular is being hit harder. During his campaign President Obama verbally prided himself as evading from Washington tricks and what some people believe is “Politics as usual”. In fact, many followers defined his slogan “Change” with statements such as a different government for the people not foreboding the people. However, as we are seeing from recent events that definition may have held less water than previously considered.
By Brian Johnson
With the “cash-for-caulkers” bill, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (HR 5019), passing the House and making its way through the Senate, there have been substantiated rumors that Senate Democrats will try to expand the scope and incorporate additional “job creating” measures. They claim a federally mandated Renewable Energy Standard (RES) will do the trick.
The Hill reports that Senate Leader Harry Reid has said he would support a “smaller” bill similar to the legislation the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved last June with four GOP votes. The key component of the Committee passed bill was a RES that mandates all states get 25 percent of their energy from “renewable” sources, defined by the government, by 2025. Read more
By Jay Ambrose
The job offer to keep Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania out of a Senate primary is instructive on this score. Read more
Editorial by Denver Post
It’s beyond discouraging to watch the White House flail about as it tries to squelch the developing story of how it tried to keep Andrew Romanoff out of Colorado’s Senate race.
The Obama administration repeatedly had said it never offered a job to Romanoff, but now officials are not only saying they dangled jobs in front of him but that they did so to avoid a “costly” primary.
Federal law says it is illegal to “directly or indirectly” offer a job or benefit, or even any “special consideration” in obtaining a job or benefit, to political candidates in any race for elected office. Read more