So has Joe Sestak forgiven President Barack Obama’s efforts to nudge him out of the Democratic Senate primary he just won? And has the president forgiven Sestak for blabbing that the White House offered him an (albeit unpaid) job to stay out of the race?
Either way, the two won’t be kissing and making up today. When Obama arrives in Pittsburgh to give a speech on the economy, Sestak will be on the other side of the state, in Philadelphia.
The reason for his absence wasn’t immediately clear. A White House spokesman, Bill Burton, said Sestak was not invited because he does not represent the area. Because this is an official, not a political, event, only statewide officials and members of the Congress from the area were invited, Burton said.
But a spokesman for Sestak, Joe Langson, [Early Returns: it's actually "Langdon"] said today that the congressman was invited to attend the Obama event but that he was unable to because he had already committed to attending an event for an AIDS clinic network and receiving a union endorsement.
“Congressman Joe Sestak would be honored to stand with President Obama, and looks forward to having the opportunity in the near future,” the campaign said in a statement. “The congressman … regrets that he will be unable to attend the event in Pittsburgh.”