Sestak/White House Bribery Scandal Ends Badly However You Slice It

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Posted: May 27, 2010 11:50 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell yesterday appeared on Fox News to encourage Rep. Joe Sestak and the Obama White House to come clean about the alleged bribery scheme surrounding Sestak's Senate campaign.  Undoubtedly, Rendell realizes that this ongoing scandal is bad business for Dems in PA. 

As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Sestak contends that the White House offered him a federal job in exchange for bowing out of the Democrats' Senate primary in Pennsylvania--a potential felony offense.  The White House vehemently denies any wrongdoing, and despite making the accusation on multiple occasions, Sestak has dug in and refuses to reveal names, dates and details--which leaves the entire situation at a standstill.   

Aside from the obvious obstruction of justice going on here, the political ramifications of this scenario are pretty serious.  Sestak will face a tough general election battle against Pat Toomey this fall.  But the longer this scandal drags on, the deeper Sestak will be drawn in. 

If the White House is telling the truth, Sestak is a liar. On the other hand, if the White House is not being truthful, in not coming forward with further details, Sestak is working as an accomplice to cover up federal bribery and shielding a felon from potential criminal prosecution.  And when election draws nearer, is the public supposed to take the White House's advice and support the Democrat candidate even though they are essentially calling him a liar?

Though the maintstream media don't seem to be paying particularly close attention to this scandal, the public is aware.  Republicans are now calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate. 

Sestak and the White House are left with two options: come clean or drag it on.  Either way, something has to give and heads will roll, one way or another.