After facing intense pressure, Colorado’s Democrat Senate hopeful and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D-CO) finally came clean last evening and disclosed details surrounding the job offers that he received from the Obama White House in exchange for dropping out of his brutal Democrat Senate primary against incumbent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).
Romanoff’s revelation came after U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) and the White House finally confirmed last week that he was offered similar opportunities in exchange for dropping out of the race against U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA).
These revelations in Colorado and Pennsylvania raise valid questions as to whether or not Arkansas Democrat Senate hopeful and insurgent liberal challenger Lt. Governor Bill Halter (D-AR) was offered a similar opportunity in an effort to avoid a nasty primary battle against U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).
“Clearly there is a troubling pattern here that raises new questions in Arkansas. As the details continue to surface surrounding the job opportunities that the Obama Administration offered to Democrats in Colorado and Pennsylvania, Arkansans deserve to know: Was Bill Halter ever offered a similar opportunity? And if not, why did the White House consider it more important to protect party-switcher Arlen Specter and appointed Senator Michael Bennet, but not a veteran incumbent like Blanche Lincoln, who has toed the party line for President Obama on key initiatives like the stimulus and health care?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand.