Politics & Policy

‘Jobsgate’ as Joe Sestak’s Festering Wound

Michael Steele wants answers.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee is calling for Eric Holder to launch a Justice Department investigation into potential wrongdoing in the ongoing controversy over “jobsgate.”

Jobsgate, of course, is the incident wherein Joe Sestak was apparently offered a spot in the Obama administration if he were to drop out of last spring’s primary challenge to Arlen Specter, the Democrat convert who Sestak defeated.

Steele said in his letter to Holder that the public has now heard several different versions of the events surrounding the offer and that a formal Department of Justice investigation is “the only way to get to the bottom of this.”

The same sentiments had already been expressed by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, whose own efforts to convince the Department of Justice to investigate the matter have come to naught.

“You know the saying there’s three sides to every story, well, now we have it,” stated Issa in a release last week. “Who’s telling the truth?”

An investigation by Holder’s Justice Department is beyond unlikely, but the continuing political fallout of jobsgate as a dirty quid pro quo will likely be a continuing hindrance to an increasingly embattled Sestak campaign desperate to cast their man as a Washington reformer, even as he languishes in the polls.

There’s irony in the fact that Sestak, who brought up this administration job offer in the first place, sought to use it to stake out a moral high ground against Arlen Specter in the primary. Now it could end up becoming part of his undoing.


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