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Sestak “Said No” To Unpaid Advisory Board Offer

If it wasn’t an interminably slow news day, I wouldn’t bother to post this. But Joe Sestak has offered his side of the story in “NothingGate,” the deal to commit the horrible sin of politics in Washington, DC.

“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. 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.

“There are many important challenges facing Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. I intend to remain focused on those issues and continue my fight on behalf of working families.”

This really looks terrible for Sestak, because he… turned down an unpaid advisory board offer. Clearly, he’s toast.

It seems like the tide is actually turning a little in the media, as they’re forced to realize how ho-hum this thing actually has turned out to be. But don’t worry, the Republican random scandal generator never breaks down.

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