January 02, 2011

No Sestak Investigation by Rep. Issa

Back in May I spoke on FOX News about Rep. Issa's statements about whether anything illegal took place if in fact the Obama Administration offered Joe Sestak an administration job to stay out of the U.S. Senate Democratic primary against Arlen Specter. (Sestak didn't stay out; he won the primary and lost the general election to Pat Toomey.) I criticized Fox's breathless coverage of the issue and said on the air that I did not think the issue had any legs. (I also said that my comments meant I likely would not be invited back on FOX News any time soon.)

Now comes this item from Ben Smith, noting that Rep. Issa, incoming chair of the House oversight committee, won't be investigating the Sestak issue as part of his larger investigative agenda. Issa explained to CNN: "Once we knew, as we discovered, that it turns out that Republicans and previous administrations thought it was OK in spite of the absolute black and white letter of the law, it got bigger -- it got bigger than President Barack Obama....it was wrong if it was done in the Bush administration. It's wrong in the Obama administration. But remember, the focus of our committee has always been, and you look at all the work I've done over the past four years on the oversight committee; it has been consistently about looking for waste, fraud and abuse. That's the vast majority of what we do."

Like I said, no legs.

Posted by Rick Hasen at January 2, 2011 08:05 PM