Published April 20, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
To Tell the Truth
California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa says his effort to get the truth behind Pennsylvania Democrat Joe Sestak's claim that the White House offered him a job to get him to abandon his Senate bid will not end once the primary election is over next month.
Sestak is running against incumbent Arlen Specter, whom the administration favors.
Issa said: "I think a felony is something you don't let go of just because an election has occurred." Issa also says he will soon ask Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the matter.
Indiana Republican Congressman Dan Burton's latest TV ad includes testimonials from people talking about why they support him.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TESTIMONIAL: "Lots of people say they're conservative, but Dan Burton has been a consistent conservative voice for us."
DAN BURTON: "I'm Dan Burton, and I approve this message."
(END VIDEO CLIP)
But GOP challenger Luke Messer says the testimonials are not from actual Hoosiers, but are paid actors from Columbus, Ohio.
Burton's office acknowledges actors were used, but maintains the message is representative of constituent opinion. When asked why the ad didn't use actual Hoosiers, Burton's spokesman said it was a production issue.
Show Me the Money
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie wants the Associated Press to retract its story alleging that nearly twice as many of his staff members are making more than $100,000 than in Democrat Jon Corzine's administration. We brought you that story here in the Grapevine last night. Christie's office says Corzine shuffled staff members around to make it look like fewer people were on his payroll. Corzine's office did not respond to that claim.
And finally, one European Union leader thinks vacation isn't a luxury but a necessity.
EU Commissioner Antonio Tajani says traveling is a human right and wants to use taxpayer dollars to help subsidize trips for those who cannot afford it. The plan would see taxpayers footing part of the holiday tab for seniors, young people ages 18 to 25, disabled people, and families facing "difficult social, financial, or personal" circumstances.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.