Jun 2, 2010 11:18 PM by Stefanie Boe, News First 5
DENVER (AP) - Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff says the White House spoke to him about potentially taking a job in President Barack Obama's administration if he wouldn't challenge
incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.
Romanoff said in a statement Wednesday that Obama's deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, called him shortly after his plans to run for Senate became public in September. Romanoff says Messina never
made any guarantees, and no job offer was ever made.
Romanoff says the three jobs that were mentioned were deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, director of Democracy and Governance, and director of U.S. Trade
and Development Agency.
Romanoff says he told Meissina that he intended to challenge Bennet, and he has not talked to the White House since then.
Here's Romanoff's entire statement:
Today, U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff issued the following statement:
I have received a large number of press inquiries concerning the role the
White House is reported to have played in my decision to run for the U.S.
Senate. I have declined comment because I did not want - and do not want -
to politicize this matter.
A great deal of misinformation has filled the void in the meantime. That
does not serve the public interest or any useful purpose.
Here are the facts:
In September 2009, shortly after the news media first reported my plans to
run for the Senate, I received a call from Jim Messina, the President's
deputy chief of staff. Mr. Messina informed me that the White House would
support Sen. Bennet. I informed Mr. Messina that I had made my decision to
Mr. Messina also suggested three positions that might be available to me
were I not pursuing the Senate race. He added that he could not guarantee
my appointment to any of these positions. At no time was I promised a job,
nor did I request Mr. Messina's assistance in obtaining one.
Later that day, I received an email from Mr. Messina containing descriptions
of three positions (email attached). I left him a voicemail informing him
that I would not change course.
I have not spoken with Mr. Messina, nor have I discussed this matter with
anyone else in the White House, since then.