Rendell talked with Emanuel “3 or 4 times” about Sestak

Governor Rendell says he had several conversations with the White House about keeping Congressman Joe Sestak out of the Democratic Senate primary – but that he didn’t know the administration offered Sestak an unpaid position.

Rendell says he talked “three or four times” with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel about how to persuade Sestak to back out of challenging Arlen Specter. Rendell says he knows Democrats would have retained Sestak’s congressional seat if he ran for re-election, but says he’s now worried Republicans could take it over this fall.

Rendell calls the continued focus on the White House offer “much ado about nothing,”

The proposition gained new traction this week, with news the White House made a similar proposal to a Democratic Senate candidate in Colorado.

President Obama says the administration did “nothing improper” in using former President Bill Clinton to offer Sestak an advisory position.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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