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Top Democrat [Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin] wants answers from Sestak
The Hill ^ | May 25, 2010 | Michael O'Brien

Posted on 05/25/2010 9:59:48 AM PDT by jazusamo

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said it's up to Sestak to say more about allegations the administration offered him a job.

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) should explain more about allegations the White House offered him a job in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate race, a top Senate Democrat said Tuesday.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the onus is on Sestak to say more about the offer he claimed to have received from the Obama administration in exchange for dropping his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

"At some point, I think Congressman Sestak needs to make clear what happened," Durbin told reporters at the Capitol.

Republicans have put pressure on Sestak and the White House to explain more about their conversations, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee, who has suggested a criminal probe in the matter.

Durbin said the responsibility falls with Sestak — not the White House — to explain, because Sestak, Durbin said, "raised the issue."

Durbin is arguably the highest-profile Democrat to call for more information in the incident. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) urged the White House on Monday to disclose what it knows.

"The only thing I heard was Axelrod said that nothing inappropriate took place," Durbin said, referencing White House senior advisor David Axelrod.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; democrats; obama; sestak; whipdick
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1 posted on 05/25/2010 9:59:48 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Sestak will be forced to head under the Obamabus. He will have to take one for the Regime here. They can not afford to have Obama criminality exposed.


2 posted on 05/25/2010 10:02:08 AM PDT by screaminsunshine
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

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3 posted on 05/25/2010 10:03:08 AM PDT by Tribune7 (It is immoral to claim the tea parties to be racist)
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To: screaminsunshine

Kinda looks like it with a couple of Dems wanting answers, that surprises me.


4 posted on 05/25/2010 10:04:01 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Now that the O’s have called Sestak a liar he’s going to find out what it’s like to be invited to a picnic lunch at Ft. Marcy Park.


5 posted on 05/25/2010 10:04:18 AM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: screaminsunshine

Do you mean Sestak will withdraw, and the party committee will then nominate Specter?


6 posted on 05/25/2010 10:04:35 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: jazusamo
Durbin and the usual suspects are interested in determinng what Sestak knows so that they will be able to formulate the damage control.

Never ever make the mistake of believeing a Democrat has the slightest vestige of integrity.

7 posted on 05/25/2010 10:05:43 AM PDT by TFMcGuire (Life is tough. It is even tougher if you are stupid--John Wayne)
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To: Theodore R.

That same thought occured to me, wouldn’t be surprising.


8 posted on 05/25/2010 10:05:56 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: screaminsunshine

Seems he will have to admit to lying...doom the election?

He could try telling the truth...nothing lost.

I think they will dump him and go with a write in...? That is a losing effort, but they will survive and he gets a payoff somewhere else and keeps his mouth shut this time! LOL


9 posted on 05/25/2010 10:06:58 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: TFMcGuire
Never ever make the mistake of believing a Democrat has the slightest vestige of integrity.

That's for certain.

10 posted on 05/25/2010 10:08:10 AM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Theodore R.; jazusamo

They have changed the rules to do things like this before!


11 posted on 05/25/2010 10:09:23 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: jazusamo

“We need more time to concoct a plausible explanation.”


12 posted on 05/25/2010 10:10:23 AM PDT by granite (A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have)
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To: jazusamo

The Dems always want to get to the bottom usually to see if it will effect them personally.


13 posted on 05/25/2010 10:11:28 AM PDT by bmwcyle (NJ Governor Chris Christie for President)
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To: jazusamo

Good, but strange that Durbin is asking.


14 posted on 05/25/2010 10:11:43 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: jazusamo
Durbin is right: Sestak made the accusation, and it's time for him to step up and substantiate it.

If he doesn't do so, this cloud is going to hang over his head. His Republican opponent can rightly ask: "who is Sestak protecting?" He can also ask: "Did it really happen, or did Sestak just make it up for political gain?"

Sestak has already poisoned his relationship with the Obama administration, so he doesn't lose anything with full disclosure. If anything, he'll establish himself as independent from the administration -- which will certainly help him in November.

15 posted on 05/25/2010 10:12:05 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Theodore R.
Do you mean Sestak will withdraw, and the party committee will then nominate Specter?

Maybe not Specter but some high-profile PA Democrat, instead. Specter's damaged goods, and Toomey would crush him (the only negative on Sestak winning the primary, honestly, is that he stands a better chance against Toomey than Specter did).

In any event, after a brief period of waiting, Sestak will then get a cushy but minor government job that doesn't require Senate "advise and consent". (Or a similarly cushy lobbying job.)

16 posted on 05/25/2010 10:13:22 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: granite

The group at risk here is DoJ. On top of the Black Panthers, Arizona and poor CT work they now have this “pants around ankle” issue. Holder is a puppet and its clear to the media...even the left wing media.

The Dems on the Hill need to cover their butts before Nov and the White House wants to stall...rats will fight on this and the media is now angry enough to cover it.


17 posted on 05/25/2010 10:15:07 AM PDT by colonialhk (Elect Veterans not Lawyers)
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To: jazusamo

I’ve told you guys, Democrats are going to be hammered in December, and it will be Democrats that survive the purge that will be pushing for Fauxbama’s impeachment next year, as they try desperately to save their party from what this man and his minions are doing to it.


18 posted on 05/25/2010 10:15:32 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: jazusamo

How much more does Sestak have to say? He was offered a job by the WH to drop out (’why’ and ‘what’). The ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘when’ don’t change that.


19 posted on 05/25/2010 10:16:55 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: justlurking
You're absolutely right, if Sestak doesn't come out with what took place it isn't going away. Toomey could pound him on this for the entire campaign if he will.

Article posted about it:

Will Toomey Play Hardball with Sestak?

20 posted on 05/25/2010 10:17:02 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Carley

No the mantra is Remember Scooter Libby....


21 posted on 05/25/2010 10:17:09 AM PDT by colonialhk (Elect Veterans not Lawyers)
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To: jazusamo

Sestak is a liar or the regime is lying.

Either way, that’s good news for Toomey, imo.

Sestak looks like an oppurtunistic shill or voting for Sestak sends one more vote for the Obama regime.

Both good things to run ads on.


22 posted on 05/25/2010 10:17:31 AM PDT by JenB987 (I'm still an American and 'til they take that away from me there's no day ruined. - El Rushbo)
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To: jazusamo
"At some point, I think Congressman Sestak needs to make clear what happened," Durbin told reporters at the Capitol.

Be careful what you ask for, Dick.
23 posted on 05/25/2010 10:19:16 AM PDT by BJClinton ("Worse" technically is "change".)
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To: HamiltonJay

I’m praying you’re right and believe you may well be.


24 posted on 05/25/2010 10:20:15 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Theodore R.

Why would they do that? It would mean yet another loss - no way Specter beats Toomey.


25 posted on 05/25/2010 10:23:23 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
It does matter. It is a felony to do what he says they did. This could potentially be the biggest issue over the summer. Even though it is probably done every day; the beneficiary of the offer is supposed to keep his (or her) mouth shut. Sestak blew it months ago and is smart enough not to deny it.

That is why Durbin and others are getting on the right side of the issue. My guess is Rahm is all over this and many in Congress have had enough of his tactics and want him gone. This is their way to get rid of him. I'm sure they will keep Obama out of this.

26 posted on 05/25/2010 10:23:29 AM PDT by dan on the right
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To: TFMcGuire

I don’t see this as Durbin doing anything to bring clarity on this. If Durbin sincerely gives crap about getting to the truth he will call for an investigation. He doesn’t want that, he just wants to posture.


27 posted on 05/25/2010 10:25:07 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Home Depot should begin stocking up on pitchforks and torches.)
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To: jazusamo
Kinda looks like it with a couple of Dems wanting answers, that surprises me.

They want that seat for Specter. And they've found a way to get it.

28 posted on 05/25/2010 10:25:20 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: jazusamo

They want a coverup with Sestak going under the Bus. Watch and learn. Sestak will ‘modify’ his statements to protect the Criminal in Chief.


29 posted on 05/25/2010 10:26:20 AM PDT by screaminsunshine
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To: jazusamo
Sestak is thinking he will become the Senator from PA.

There is NO WAY he will spill the beans now...no way.

He wants a seat on a committee and a future in the dim party.

30 posted on 05/25/2010 10:26:46 AM PDT by Mariner (The first Presidential candidate to call for deportation, wins.)
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To: jazusamo

Whatever happens it’s daydreaming to think that Obama will take the fall. If they don’t completely destroy Sestak, they’ll find some flunky to throw under the bus and Obama will deny all knowledge of any wrongdoing.


31 posted on 05/25/2010 10:27:56 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: screaminsunshine

Sestak was thrown under the bus when the Obama-creeps endorsed Arlen Sphinter.


32 posted on 05/25/2010 10:32:59 AM PDT by cblue55 (Choose life; abort Obamacare)
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To: jazusamo

Dems wanting answers....the political winds must be blowing in the wrong direction. Maybe they are starting to figure out Obama is not going to lead them to the promised land. Right now he is leading them over a cliff.


33 posted on 05/25/2010 10:35:25 AM PDT by OregonTide
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To: jazusamo

This bunch has committed so many felonies already - what difference does one more make?

The mainstream media and the courts just don’t care - they are beholden to 0messiah.

They are more concerned in the real criminals - conservative tea party folk. People that are standing in the way of the New World Order.


34 posted on 05/25/2010 10:36:43 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: ReneeLynn

“Hello, Mr. Sestak? This is State Farm Insurance. We are cancelling your life insurance policy. Rahm sends his regards. Have a nice day!”


35 posted on 05/25/2010 10:37:26 AM PDT by In Maryland ("Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day ..." - Caroline Baum)
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To: colonialhk

I am convinced that Fitz bit off more than he can swallow.

The tapes are damning to O and his cabal.

Blago wants ALL the tapes played in Court. Fitz does not.


36 posted on 05/25/2010 10:38:43 AM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: In Maryland

“Hello, Joe. This is Barrack. Say, have you ever been quail hunting? I’d love to take you out ... hunting I mean.”


37 posted on 05/25/2010 10:39:32 AM PDT by In Maryland ("Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day ..." - Caroline Baum)
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To: dan on the right

My point was that Durbin is trying to take the focus off Obamugabe and the WH. Sestak doesn’t need to provide anymore detail...the WH needs to defend themselves.


38 posted on 05/25/2010 10:39:52 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Pilgrim's Progress

You’re right, many felonies have been committed.

Hopefully the enemedia will reach a tipping point, stranger things have happened but I can’t think of one right now.


39 posted on 05/25/2010 10:41:36 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ReneeLynn

Durbin say’s it’s up to Sestak to come forward, but if Sestak comes forward the Democrats will shun him like an Amish girl that left the Church.

He is damned if he does and damned if he doesnt.

Right now he is playingit cool making Holder appoint a special prosecutor, which he won’t do, and hoping it goes away.


40 posted on 05/25/2010 10:46:45 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: TFMcGuire

I will admit to you that while watching Jindal’s press conference on the oil spill, Dick Durbin was there and when he spoke he specifically called out the Administration.


41 posted on 05/25/2010 10:47:36 AM PDT by eaglestar
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To: justlurking
"If he doesn't do so, this cloud is going to hang over his head. His Republican opponent can rightly ask: "who is Sestak protecting?" He can also ask: "Did it really happen, or did Sestak just make it up for political gain?""

I'm having a hard time imagining what motive Sestak would have had to make up this allegation, which is why I'm inclined to believe him. But if it was just a verbal, "ears only," offer, he'd have no proof. Maybe the Dems already have been assured that's the case, so they are pretending to be forthright in asking for proof they know doesn't exist. It will make Sestak look bad, but they'd rather lose his seat than have the White House involved in a potentially impeachable scandal.
42 posted on 05/25/2010 10:47:59 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: BJClinton

A congressman on FOX today was saying that this was an impeachable offense. We can only pray.


43 posted on 05/25/2010 10:54:18 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: jazusamo

Sure he does; so he plan more coverup.


44 posted on 05/25/2010 11:01:10 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: dandiegirl
What did the president extort and when did he extort it?
45 posted on 05/25/2010 11:02:32 AM PDT by Keith (We live in an America of National Socialism...sound familiar? It should...)
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To: jazusamo

Funny, they didn’t accept such an excuse when railroading Scooter Libby now did they?

Its the COVERUP that KILLS.


46 posted on 05/25/2010 11:04:11 AM PDT by Danae (Don't like the Constitution, try living in a country with out one.)
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To: jazusamo
"At some point, I think Congressman Sestak needs to make clear what happened," Durbin told reporters at the Capitol.

Hey Sestack, Vice Admiral (Ret.), act like a man and let the communists have it!

Unless you're a coward, a liar, a communist or all of the above!

47 posted on 05/25/2010 11:10:46 AM PDT by melancholy
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To: jazusamo

In time, the Savior may end up under his own bus.


48 posted on 05/25/2010 11:13:26 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: dandiegirl
A congressman on FOX today was saying that this was an impeachable offense. We can only pray.

Only pray is right. This communist Congress will never even think about it.

49 posted on 05/25/2010 11:13:38 AM PDT by melancholy
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To: eaglestar

“when he spoke he specifically called out the Administration.”

That is good news:)


50 posted on 05/25/2010 11:18:34 AM PDT by TFMcGuire (Life is tough. It is even tougher if you are stupid--John Wayne)
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