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GOP Chairman Visits Montco, Attacks Sestak

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele swung through Montgomery County this morning to lay out a blueprint for the November elections, but also to tighten the screws on Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak and the White House for refusing to come clean about whether the administration offered him a government job to stay out of the U.S. Senate race.

GOP Chairman Visits Montco, Attacks Sestak

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele swung through Montgomery County this morning to lay out a blueprint for the November elections, but also to tighten the screws on Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak and the White House for refusing to come clean about whether the administration offered him a government job to stay out of the U.S. Senate race.

"Yes or no? You can dance around that pinhead all day long, the fact of the matter is you’re going to get stuck by it," Steele said after the rally in Blue Bell. "Is the congressman lying about what he’s saying?" Steele asked. "Well, he’s been repeating it all over the networks, so clearly there’s a discrepancy between his events and what he’s seen and what the White House saw or heard in those meetings."

Steele, who was joined by state GOP Chairman Robert Gleason, U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey and other Republican officials, also launched a launched an #AskGibbs Twitter campaign, urging voters to direct their questions to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ Twitter handle, @PressSec.

Sestak, who defeated Arlen Specter last week in the Democratic Senate primary, has said that White House officials had offered him a high-ranking job in an effort to clear the field for Specter. The Obama administration -- the self-described "most open and accessible administration in American history" -- will only say that there was no "inappropriate" conversations that would constitute an attempted bribe. But Obama aides have refused to elaborate on what occurred.

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