Andrew Romanoff (in photo), a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, says he was told by White House deputy Jim Messina that three jobs “might be available” if Romanoff dropped his campaign in favor of Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. That resembles the story Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., has told about White House pressure to drop his successful primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. In Sestak’s case, according to an internal White House inquiry released last week, former President Clinton had suggested Sestak might secure a nonpaying commission appointment. What could have been an anomaly suddenly looks like a strategy, and not a noble one. But is it really anything new in politics? And is it illegal, as many Republicans charge?
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