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Colorado GOP head lashes out at White House

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June 3, 2010 12:52 PM EST | AP


DENVER — The head of Colorado's Republican Party is accusing the White House of offering an illegal bribe to try to head off a primary challenge to incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Dick Wadhams said Thursday that the administration broke the law when it tried to dissuade former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff from challenging Bennet. Wadhams called it a "sordid affair" and said the Justice Department should investigate.

Romanoff says the administration described three federal jobs that might be available to him if he were not challenging Bennet – the Obama administration's choice for the race. He says he wasn't promised a job and didn't pursue the jobs.