From NBC's Mark Murray
Now that the White House has said that Bill Clinton, acting as an intermediary, offered Joe Sestak an unpaid advisory post if he kept his House seat and didn't challenge Arlen Specter, the question has turned to: Why didn't the White House just say this earlier?
The same question could be asked of Sestak.
The congressman first revealed he was offered a job to stay out of the primary in Feb. 2010, when Larry Kane, host of a Comcast Network public-affairs show, asked him that question.
"Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?" Kane asked.
"Yes," Sestak answered.
"Was it Navy secretary?" Kane asked.
"No comment," Sestak replied.
Since then, Sestak has repeatedly declined to answer further questions about this or set the record straight. "I'm not going to say who or how and what was offered," Sestak told the Philadelphia Inquirer later in February. "I don't feel it's appropriate."
And here was his exchange with NBC's David Gregory last Sunday on "Meet the Press":
MR. GREGORY: Yes or no, straightforward question. Were you, were you offered a job, and what was the job?
REP. SESTAK: I was offered a job, and I answered that.
MR. GREGORY: You said no, you wouldn't take the job. Was it the secretary of the Navy?
REP. SESTAK: Right. And I also said, "Look, I'm getting into this...
MR. GREGORY: Was it the secretary of the Navy job?
REP. SESTAK: Anything that go--goes beyond that is others--for others to talk about.