Rare is the Washington scandal where both the accuser and the accused refuse to talk about the charges.
But silence has been the norm in the case of Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., who alleges the Obama administration offered the second-term congressman a “high-ranking” job if he would abandon his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.
By Feb. 23, the allegation arose at the White House daily press briefing.
“I have seen some stuff that (Sestak) said, but I have not looked into this,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.
Four more times over the next three weeks, Gibbs deflected reporters’ questions about the Sestak allegation.