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JOB OFFER REPORTEDLY WAS MADE TO ANOTHER PRIMARY HOPEFUL LAST SEPTEMBER
by Sharon Rondeau
Romanoff declared himself a candidate on September 17, 2009. In a report dated the same day, Obama endorsed the incumbent Robert Bennet, who was not elected but rather appointed when Senator Ken Salazar was appointed head of the Department of the Interior.
There have been reports that Salazar was ineligible for the appointment due to the Constitution’s emoluments clause, and a lawsuit, Rodearmel v. Clinton, asserts that Hillary Clinton was ineligible for the Secretary of State position for the same reason.
The Emoluments Clause reads:
No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.
A May 20, 2009 memo from the Office of Legal Counsel concedes that in 1987, the OLC had determined that a “rollback” of the salary voted upon by the appointee for the office was not enough to provide adherence to the Emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, Acting Assistant Attorney General David Barron concluded at the end of the memo that “rollback legislation” was adequate to justify a Senator or Representative’s appointment to the position for which the salary had been increased.
There is much speculation that Obama himself is ineligible to hold the office of president due to his unwillingness to release his school and college records, medical records, long-form birth certificate, travel records and passport file. Kenyan Parliament officials have stated on the record that he was born in Kenya.
The U.S. Constitution states:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
The Denver Post asserts that despite the White House’s denial of a job offer to Romanoff to persuade him not to challenge Bennet, “…several top Colorado Democrats described Messina’s outreach to Romanoff to The Post, including the discussion of specific jobs in the administration. They asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.”
The Romanoff story was not widely-known but has resurfaced after Congressman Joe Sestak stated on camera that he had been offered a position by someone in the White House so that he would pull out of the Democrat primary for Pennsylvania Senate. A written statement was released by Robert Bauer, Obama’s personal and eligibility lawyer, which said that no improprieties occurred but offered no specifics of conversations or positions discussed. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also reportedly offered no details of what had transpired between Sestak and the White House. Two months ago, a writer at The American Spectator claimed that Gibbs had stonewalled on at least six occasions when asked to answer the question as to whether or not Sestak was offered a job in return for pulling out of the primary.
Some Republicans have claimed that the White House’s May 28 version of events regarding the Sestak affair is “not believable.” The Post & Email asked the same question yesterday in its coverage of the White House’s claim that Bill Clinton had offered Sestak an “unpaid position.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has been pushing for an investigation into Sestak’s allegation, stated, “I’m very concerned that in the rush to put together this report, the White House has done everything but explain its own actions and has instead worked to craft a story behind closed doors and coordinate with those involved.”
Andrew Romanoff won the Democrat primary with 60.4% of the delegates’ votes.