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AP Sources: Admin talked jobs with Romanoff

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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7033468.html

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration dangled the possibility of a government job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race.
It gets more interesting.

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It gets more interesting.

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It's just politics as usual, even some guy from the Bush admin says there is nothing wrong here, move along, the One runs the Most ETHICAL WH ever. You're just hatin' on him cause he's black.

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good job, you guys

this white house is woefully witless, no one has ever witnessed worse

they just refuse to let this story die, what with gibbs' embarrassing mumblings yesterday, what with romanoff's candor with THE AP

all a white house has to do is make it understood there's a quid pro quo WITHOUT ACTUALLY SAYING IT

way too sophisticated for this big shouldered crowd, chicago mafiosos

look how sestak BRAGGED that the white house was tyring to ELIMINATE him

look at the RESULTS

look at mr romanoff's TWENTY POINT LEAD over the sitting supt/senator

look at all the pennsylvanians sidestepping this pm in pittsburg

ie, THEY get it

look at THE GULF

the president's in pittsburg playing steeler smashmouth, spitting at his political opposition for sucking up to corporations

Obama whacks GOP in Pittsburgh - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com

tell it to the cozy cats at mms and in epa

tell it to all those beneficiaries of bp's lobbyists

he tried to spin the oil spill as rationale for raising taxes:

"the only way the country will ever transition to clean energy is if the private sector has to pay a price for carbon pollution," threatened the thug

"i want you to know that the votes may not be there right now," admitted the idiot

Obama promises a fight for climate-change bill passage in Senate - latimes.com

great

just what america wants to hear---tax hikes and law suits---as we all watch the gulf inexorably die, day after 44 days, hardly a skimmer on our screens

instead, we see HOLDER

and our stupid president ON THE STUMP, pushing for an ENERGY HIKE in the midst of our DEPRESSION, a proposition he admits has no chance in HIS OWN upper house

utter incompetence

is THIS what you voted for?

no wonder everyone he touches trembles, no wonder discerning dems demur

while the prez played petty politics in pittsburg, casey, doyle, altmire, murphy, onorato AND SESTAK stayed far away

no wonder gallup today has him at an all time low

Obama Weekly Approval Average Dips to New Low of 46%

the most incompetent pol at the national level america has ever produced
 
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Set aside the merits of the issue for a second and look at the language that the AP article uses:

The Obama administration dangled the possibility of a government job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

These officials declined to specify the job that was floated or the name of the administration official who approached Romanoff, and said no formal offer was ever made. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss private conversations.

"Mr. Romanoff was recommended to the White House from Democrats in Colorado for a position in the administration," White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. "There were some initial conversations with him but no job was ever offered."

The new revelation of a possible political trade again called into question President Barack Obama's repeated promises to run an open government that was above back room deals.

The Colorado episode follows a similar controversy in Pennsylvania. An embarrassed White House admitted last Friday that it turned to former President Bill Clinton last year to approach Rep. Joe Sestak about backing out of the primary in favor of an unpaid position on a federal advisory board.
Et tu, AP?
 

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Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff confirmed Wednesday that Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff, suggested three administration jobs that would be available to him last September if he dropped his plans to run against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who had the support of the White House.

Romanoff said he informed the White House that he would stay in the race. The revelation comes days after the White House confirmed that Rep. Joe Sestak was approached about an unpaid position in the administration if he dropped his campaign against Sen. Arlen Specter. But in this case, Romanoff was offered paid positions in the administration, a clear difference from the Sestak case.

In a statement to the media, Romanoff attached an email from Messina – dated Sept. 11, 2009 – listing the three jobs, two at USAID and one as director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with a page-long set of job descriptions.
Read more: Andrew Romanoff: W.H. offered three jobs - Carol E. Lee and David Catanese - POLITICO.com

The guy actually released the email. It's shocking if only for its starkness:

From: Messina, Jim (e-mail address redacted)
Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 3:24 PM
Subject:
To: Romanoff, Andrew (e-mail address redacted)

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and Caribbean, USAID
As one of five geographic bureaus in the Agency and as a major contributor to the broader U.S. foreign policy objectives in the
region, the Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) promotes stable democracies, prosperous economies, secure borders, and
cooperative neighbors in the Western Hemisphere. The LAC Bureau is taking a proactive approach to maximizing the impact of
foreign assistance and continuing its efforts to transform and improve business operations that support Agency-wide reforms. In
line with the new Foreign Assistance Framework, priorities include consolidating democracy, fostering growth through free trade
and business opportunities, investing in people through education and health, and enhancing security by promoting alternatives to
illegal drug cultivation. Additionally, the Bureau is implementing a number of highly visible programs in the Western Hemisphere,
including support for the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA); the Andean Counter-Narcotics
Initiative; the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and the recommendations for the Presidential commission for
Assistance to a Free Cuba.
This position reports to the Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean. The position functions as advisor to the
Assistant Administrator, LAC. The position is responsible for oversight and general management of one or more LAC Bureau offices.


Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID
The Director is the chief operations officer of the Office and a principal advisor to senior Bureau and USAID management in
defining the scope and objectives of the Agency's and the Administration's initiatives to support democracy and foster
good governance. Activities of the Director include oversight for all staffing and personnel functions in the Office, as well
as oversight of technical officer recruitment, selection, and placement, and direct supervision of the senior democracy and
governance advisors for the Agency. The Director provides program definition, design and oversight, and evaluation for
USAID's democracy and good governance programs and serves as a senior advisor in the administration for developing
democracy and good governance program strategies. The Director supports democracy and good governance programs in
all parts of the Agency and leads in the development of strategic approaches to democracy support and good governance.
The Director represents the Agency at the senior level with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, with senior
officials of foreign governments, with senior political officials from host countries, and with senior officials of U.S.
implementing organizations. This position reports to the Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Human
Rights (DCHA).


Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
USTDA was first created as part of USAID through the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and made independent in 1991. Their stated
mission is to “advance economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries.” Unlike
Ex-Im , OPIC and other international development agencies, USTDA does not directly finance exports and development. Instead, the
agency seeks to achieve its mission by making small grants to fund feasibility studies, reverse trade missions, conferences, trainings,
and other technical assistance programs that link U.S. companies to overseas development projects. With a budget of $55.2 million
(FY 2010) and a staff of 78 professionals (48 full-time, 25 contractors and 5 foreign-service nationals), USTDA’s success is dependent
on being able to seek out new opportunities, leverage its private and government relationships, and find development opportunities
for both private business and larger federal foreign assistance/development agencies. A testament of USTDA’s success is its ratio of
grant dollars spent versus dollars in exports created, which is nearly 1:35. This position requires Senate confirmation.
Wow.

This is worse than the Sestak case in pretty much every single way.

edit: Although Romanoff says that he was never promised any of the jobs, so there's that going for him.
 
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wow, that's quite a development

thanks for the scoop
 

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This is worse than the Sestak case in pretty much every single way.

edit: Although Romanoff says that he was never promised any of the jobs, so there's that going for him.
On the surface it is worse.
We don't know what Obama & Co. are hiding with the Sestak Scandal.

We have contradictions with Sestak: After 15-hours Kane learned from the WH there was no job offer. Then we learn there was one from Felonius Bill as Obama conduit.
We heard it was a high level job from "I'm just being honest" Sestak. Then we hear it's a low level job he couldn't accept.

This is as oily as the Mississippi Delta.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when at first we practice to deceive."

It seems they have had a lot of practice!

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Don't forget to add Blagoyevich to this mess.

I wonder how many people in positions in the administration right now got them through some nefarious way.
 

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"And when asked to respond to the new developments, Press Sec Robert Gibbs directed reporters to 'Read the memo. It's all covered in the memo. Have you read the memo? All your answers are right there in the earlier memo, In the memo...." ;)




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White House political team stumbles, bumbles - Jonathan Allen and Carol E. Lee - POLITICO.com

politico, msnbc in the morning's main line, is beginning to see this entire administration as a cross between richard daley and barney fife

actually, allen and lee are simply quoting comments they've caught coming from "top house democrats," "well connected democrats," "one senior house democrat," "a second veteran house democrat who expressed the same sentiment..."

that's a lot of house democrats

of course, obtuse obama's bumbling incompetence is pretty hard to miss

particularly, "it is baffling how one group of people can be so good at campaigning and so bad at politics," appears to be the common complaint

it's rahm, the ax, plouffe, gibbs and the oblivious bungler himself who are the objects of so much obloquy

so, what brought us here, y'know, TODAY?

according to politico's sadsack sources, it's---

romanoff

on top of sestak

the oil spill in the gulf

white house favorites refusing him in illinois, in north carolina

the rebellion of inouye which cost the party the house seat bouncing barry was born in

the terrible trouble his candidates catch---specter, michael bennet, blanche lincoln

ms coakley, mr corzine, creigh deeds

of course it's much more than all that, daily demonstrated by the doof's inability "to walk and chew gum at the same time"

the house is "paralyzed"

so, in summation, who really cares what politico passes around

except, ARE YOU SEEING ANYTHING DIFFERENT?

why would clyburn, why would hoyer, why would van hollen mutter such remonstrances IF THEY WEREN'T UNDENIABLY OBVIOUS AND IN YOUR FACE?

this white house is completely incompetent, it has no idea how to conduct politics in an effective, winning manner

almost everyone sees it by now

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you know, don't you, that obama got quite a lot outta that us trade job

Big donor holds job White House dangled - Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com

it doesn't smell real good, now, does it?

so much stink, mom says, something must be rotten

it turns out, as well, that mr romanoff is ridiculously underqualified for the "option" he was offered

the media sure aren't being very nice to barry, these days, hmm?

wonder why

congrats, ms zak!
 
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