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Gibbs Stays Mum On Sestak Job Offer Claim

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Back In February of this year, Congressman Joe Sestak went on the "Larry Kane: Voice Of Reason" show and said that he had been offered a federal job to stay out of the Pennsylvania Senate race. Since then, everyone's been trying to find out if it's true, or if Sestak was fibbing. (And if you're thinking to yourself, "But, I thought that kind of thing happens all the time, in Washington, in the spare moments between all the sex people are having with their aides," you are right, but rarely does the quid pro quo game come with such zazzy political implications. Trust me: most professional journalists are just as uninterested as ever in the way lobbyists and other professional influence-traders are ruining America.)

So the news made on the "Larry Kane: Voice Of Reason" show lives on. And since Joe Sestak defeated Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary this past Tuesday, it opens the door for the White House correspondents (in this case, Jake Tapper and Ed Henry) to take up the issue and jump up and down on White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' head -- the end result of which is that Gibbs looks kind of stupid for repeating the same line over and over again, and nobody learns anything new about the story.

It all happened yesterday in a moment I will title, "I Don't Have Anything To Add To What I Said In March."

Q And Sestak -- several months ago, I asked you on February 23rd if you could find out more about what Sestak said about the White House making him an offer to not run. And I know that in March you said whatever conversations have been had are not problematic. But I'm wondering since this has become an issue in Congressman Sestak's campaign and will likely be -- continue to be an issue, if you could -- if you want to put it to rest right now, what exactly was the conversation?

MR. GIBBS: Jake, I don't have anything to add to what I said in March.

Q But you never -- you never really explained what the conversation was.

MR. GIBBS: Then I don't have anything to add today.

Q But if the White House offers a congressman a position in the administration in order to convince that congressman to not run for office --

MR. GIBBS: Jake, I don't have anything to add to that.

Q But you've said a number of times that you would get something for us on that.

MR. GIBBS: And I did. And I gave that answer in March, and I don't have anything to add to that.

Q But do you really think the American people don't have a right to know about what exactly the conversation was?

MR. GIBBS: Jake, I don't have anything to add to what I said in March.

Q Can I ask a quick follow on that, because yesterday Congressman Sestak was on CNN and said, in fact, that he was offered something. He wouldn't say more, but he said he was offered a job. Would you deny that?

MR. GIBBS: Ed, I don't have -- I wouldn't give you --

Q But that's correct?

MR. GIBBS: I don't have anything to add to what Jake asked me.

Q So you can't rule out that a job was offered?

MR. GIBBS: I don't have anything to add to what I said in March.

Q Is that because the Counsel's Office said to, Robert?

MR. GIBBS: No.

Q On advice of the Counsel's Office?

MR. GIBBS: No.

Q Could you seek more information?

MR. GIBBS: I don't have anything to add to what I said in March.

Q I know you don't now, but why can't you -- it sounds like you're saying you don't -- you have no interest in getting information.

MR. GIBBS: I will just refer you to what I said in March.

I don't have anything to add to this!

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