Questions continue to surface about whether the White House did anything illegal when it appeared to have offered Andrew Romanoff a job, with politicians either answering or artfully sidestepping the heavy matters Thursday—depending on whether you view the brouhaha as a big deal or not.
Speaking Thursday, Romanoff insists that the prospect of a job in President Barack Obama’s administration has been no factor in his decision to run for the U.S. Senate and challenge fellow Democrat Michael Bennet, the sitting senator. “Look, I’m running for this office because I believe I’m the best candidate,” he says, according to 9News.
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is facing a barrage of questions from reporters regarding the Romanoff matter. Some are comparing it to allegations that the administration attempted to buy off Congressman Joe Sestak, a Pennsylvania Democrat, by offering him a job so that a potentially better-suited candidate could run.
Gibbs, a blogger for The Huffington Post writes, “deftly stuck to the White House line on questions of legality” and stressed that no laws were broken, but when he “made news by revealing that the president wasn’t aware of the Romanoff offer, he ducked the matter of most concern to political ethicists.” The blogger goes on to ask, “What message does this practice send to the Democratic voters in Pennsylvania and Colorado who actually wanted a choice for their next senator?”
But, Romanoff tells reporters, “At no point was I promised a job,” according to The Denver Post.