The "New York Times" cites anonymous sources as saying the move was orchestrated by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Sestak refused the offer and defeated Specter in the Senate primary.
Sestak mentioned months ago that he had been offered a job, leading Republicans to wonder whether the White House was trying to bribe Sestak to drop out of the race. According to the report, the position offered to Sestak was to be a prominent but unpaid position.
The report adds that because it was an unpaid position, the White House counsel concluded it wouldn't violate laws prohibiting a promise of employment for political activity.
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