Statement says it was an unpaid position
The White House used former President Bill Clinton to ask Delaware County Congressman Joe Sestak not to run against Senator Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary. In a statement released today, the Obama Administration says no improper conversations took place.
Sestak originally made a claim back in February that he had been offered a job in return for bowing out of the race. But he refused to give details. Once Sestak beat Specter in the primary, Republicans made charges of bribery and asked for an investigation.
The White House says former President Clinton approached Sestak about an unpaid position. The conversations never included talk about the Secretary of the Navy as some had speculated.
The statement says the White House wanted to avoid a divisive primary but there was no impropriety. It says such conversations are common for both parties, and are not illegal.