Friday, May 28, 2010
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Fri, May 28, 2010 -- 10:24 AM ET
White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop Out of Race
President Obama's chief of staff used former President Bill
Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe
Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a
prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on
the matter said Friday.
Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr.
Clinton to explore the possibilities last summer, according
to the briefed individuals, who insisted on anonymity to
discuss the politically charged situation. Mr. Sestak said no
and went on to win last week's Pennsylvania Democratic
primary against Senator Arlen Specter.