Gibbs denies offering job to Colorado candidate
June 3, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is rejecting claims that it offered a job to a Colorado Democrat if he would drop out of a Senate race against a candidate favored by President Barack Obama.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says Andrew Romanoff applied for a job in international development during the transition period before Obama took office. Gibbs says Romanoff was asked in September if he was still interested in the job.
When Romanoff told the White House he was committed to the Senate run, “that ended the discussion,” Gibbs says.
Obama had already endorsed Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. Republicans have accused the White House of trying to manipulate elections by offering administration jobs to politicians running against its preferred candidates.