The White House Memo on Sestak

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In the memo, White House chief counsel Bob Bauer says that Sestak was approached (via Bill Clinton) in June and July 2009 about an unpaid position in the Obama Administration, “which would avoid a divisive Senate primary.” (Arlen Specter switched from the Republican to Democratic parties in April 2009.) The White House memo says that this kind of negotiation is nothing new and is not improper. “There have been numerous, reported instances in the past when prior Administrations – both Democratic and Republican, and motivated by the same goals – discussed alternative paths to service for qualified individuals also considering campaigns for public office.”