Issa Problem


Did the White House commit a felony, offering a congressman a job to get him out of the race against Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania?

The possible crime involves the claim – made by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) – that a White House official offered him a high-level administration job in exchange for Sestak dropping out of the primary race against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.). Sestak said such an offer was made to him, and members of Congress and legal experts have said if that’s true, it would be a crime.

“I think a felony is something you don’t let go of just because an election has occurred,” Issa told

The transparent White House has gone opaque whenever Rep Darrell Issa has been looking for answers.

The White House has not responded to two inquiries from Issa about the case and has not given clear answers to numerous press questions about the matter.

“We’ve had no direct response, and we’re losing patience with the White House,” Issa told in an exclusive interview on Capitol Hill. “It clearly knows an offer was made. It is trying to characterize rather than answer the question for the press or for Congress about what this offer was.”

This might be one of those cases where the crime actually is as bad as the coverup. Now, on to the election, which takes place soon.

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Primary is a month away, and the race between incumbent Senator Arlen Specter and challenger Joe Sestak is now a dead heat.

Exciting. Remember, Specter flipped parties last year because he knew he wouldn’t win the Republican Primary against former GOP Congressman Pat Toomey. It would be nice if he got knocked off now in the Dem’s primary.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely primary voters in the state finds Specter with 44% of the vote, his lowest level of support in 10 months of surveying. Sestak, a congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs, earns 42% support this month, a level he’s hit several times but never exceeded.

A month ago, Specter had a 48% to 37% lead in the contest. But Specter has been losing ground since January.

Rasmussen shows Toomey beating Specter by 10 points and Sestak by a bit more.

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