Submitted By Todd on May 23rd at 6:34am
Now that he's knocked off Arlen Specter and he's the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from PA, Republicans want to know more about failed attempts by the White House to keep Joe Sestak out of that senate race.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa wants to open an ethics investigation on Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate nominee, Joe Sestak... According to Issa's office, he or another lawmaker will file a formal request to the House ethics panel by July 4 if an outside group does not do so beforehand.Why is this a big deal?
The allegations could have an impact on the state's Senate race, in which Sestak will face off against former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) An early Rasmussen poll showed Sestak with a narrow lead.Anything else?
If the White House did make Sestak the offer, it could violate federal law. Republicans have sought to make the allegations a big issue.Issa asked Eric Holder about the matter a couple of weeks ago, but the Attorney General was in cover-up mode.
He declined to specifically discuss Sestak's charges, telling Issa, "I don't talk about any matter that might come into the purview of the Department of Justice." Issa then said he wanted to discuss a "hypothetical" situation - and proceeded to essentially repeat Sestak's suggestions. Holder responded that that wasn't really a hypothetical before adding that he doesn't discuss hypothetical situations... Eventually, a seemingly frustrated Issa asked if Holder had bothered to follow up on the matter. "It is the department's policy not to comment on pending matters to say there is an investigation, to say there is not an investigation," Holder said, shortly before Issa's time expired and members moved onto other matters.They are ugly, they are criminal.... they are Democrats - the Compassion People!