Me thinks the White House doesn’t have a lot of confidence in turncoat, Arlen Specter.
As is often the case with primary challengers, party officials attempt to convince the upstart to drop out of the race to avoid a politically costly battle in the run up to the general election. Sestak revealed Thursday, possibly by accident, that the Obama White House engaged in a little quid pro quo offering him a federal position if he would do them the small favor of dropping out of the race. More from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The disclosure came during an afternoon taping of Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a Sunday news-analysis show on the Comcast Network. Sestak would not elaborate on the circumstances and seemed chagrined after blurting out “yes” to veteran news anchor Kane’s direct question.
“Was it secretary of the Navy?” Kane asked.
“No comment,” Sestak said.
Specter is currently leading Sestak in the polls, but the my guess is the White House does not want a bloody, drawn-out battle between two of its own to provide (more) ammo to Pat Toomey, who leads in match-ups against either of the Democrats.