JIm Messina in the Oval Office

Jim Messina in the Oval Office

Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff released part of an email from Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina outlining three job opportunities should Romanoff back off his primary challenge to appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet.

In a statement, Romanoff outlined how the White House dangled three government jobs:

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 run.

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.

You can read Messina’s email to Romanoff below. The three jobs in the email were:

  • Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID
  • Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID
  • Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

It’s worth noting that unlike the unpaid position purportedly offered by Bill Clinton to Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak, all three of these positions appear to be paid government jobs.

Colorado’s Democratic primary is August 10. This could be Andrew Romanoff’s opportunity to close the gap with Bennet; at the very least, it’s a problem for Jim Messina.

Email with Job "Suggestions" from Jim Messina to Andrew Romanoff