June 18th, 2010
01:38 PM ET
5 years ago

PA Republican chairman requests Sestak-related records

The head of the Pennsylvania GOP wants to know what Gov. Ed Rendell said to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during discussions they had about Joe Sestak.
The head of the Pennsylvania GOP wants to know what Gov. Ed Rendell said to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during discussions they had about Joe Sestak.

(CNN) - The head of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania Friday formally requested records that might explain how members of the Obama administration sought to convince Rep. Joe Sestak to abandon his Senate campaign last month.

State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason penned a letter to Pennsylvania's Agency Open Records Officer Mily Maiden seeking "all cell phone, landline and email/written correspondence, sent/received by the Governor [Ed Rendell] or his office, regarding any job offer or other enticement provided to Congressman Joe Sestak or any other Pennsylvania primary candidate, by the White House."

Read Gleason's letter here [pdf]

Rendell told Fox News on June 2 that he and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel "had discussions" about how to persuade Sestak not to challenge incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter.

"We very much wanted to persuade Congressman Sestak to stay in the House and run for his seat, 'cause he would have won his seat easily and now that's a seat that's up for grabs," Rendell told Sean Hannity. "So I know that the administration did not want to offer him a job that would have meant he would have to leave Congress."

But Gleason wants to know more.

"How many discussions?", Gleason said in a statement. "Were there email exchanges, and, if so, what was suggested?"

"Governor Ed Rendell has said that Democrats need to do a better job of explaining their attempts to bribe Joe Sestak out of the race," Gleason said. "…Now it's time for Governor Ed Rendell to put his money where his mouth is and comply with our request as soon as possible."

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records policy dictates that the open record officer has five days to issue what's called an "interim response" to a Right To Know Law request if the records must be redacted, are located at a "remote location," a legal review is required, or any of several other conditions apply.

The OOR did not respond to CNN's request for comment. Gary Tuma, Rendell's press secretary, said the governor's office will comply with any applicable Right to Know Law requests.

This article was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET to reflect comment from Gov. Rendell's office.


Filed under: 2010 • Ed Rendell • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Sun52shine

    OK – enough with waiting tax payers time and money! What do you stand for?

    June 18, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Allen

    This story lacks the reason why the request is being made. It fails to note the key fact that Mr. Sestak said he was offered a position in exchange for dropping out of the race. Shouldn't assume everyone that reads this will know.

    June 18, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Hendrik

    Blah, blah, blah,

    This story is over butthead. Go talk to Rep Barton from Texas. He may apologize again.

    June 18, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    This is what today's [R]s do best: sniff up other peoples underwear. Afterall they have nothing: no leaders, no policies, no successes. Just the abject failure of 2001-2006, under Bush and Lott/McConnell.

    June 18, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. really

    This is what they spend our money doing.
    Republicans have absolutely nothing positive to legislate.

    June 18, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. looks like a jerk

    look at that picture, someone I would never want to meet for sure, just seeing his picture make me feel less clean

    June 18, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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