Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Romanoff, Sestak, Obama and openness

Apparently the Obama administration's crime of trying to bribe Sestak was not an isolated case. The Denver Post reports:

President Obama's White House apparently isn't that committed to dispensing with the business-as-usual kind of politics he campaigned against.

Senate primary races in Pennsylvania and Colorado instead have revealed an Obama political machine that engages in favoritism and behind-the-scenes wrangling and deal-making that seem decidedly old-school. The two contests, in which someone from the administration allegedly offered a candidate some type of job to drop out of their race, have raised key questions that remain to be answered, especially in Colorado's Senate race.

After a paragraph on Sestak, the Post continues:
The Denver Post last September quoted unnamed sources that said Obama's deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, contacted former state House Speaker Romanoff, who hadn't yet announced his candidacy, with specific suggestions for Washington jobs in exchange for his staying out of the race against appointed Sen. Michael Bennet.
President Obama promised us that when elected President it would not be business as usual in the White House. This is one promise he may be keeping. It sounds like he has replaced the "business-as-usual" Washington hardball politics with corrupt Chicago-style illegal politics. As candidate once said, "If they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun."

If this impression is not true, we need so immediately see some of that openness President Obama promised.

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