Hey, that White House pay-for-play/culture of corruption file just keeps getting fatter and fatter. This morning, it was the Romanoff and Sestak deals. This afternoon, Reid Wilson at Hotline On Call reports that Team Obama offered retired GOP Sen. Mel Martinez a little Florida favor in exchange for a Porkulus vote.
They were willing to pay. This time, however, the bribe-ee wasn’t willing to play:
Ex-Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) could have named his price for his vote on last year’s stimulus bill, but he told the Obama admin there was nothing he wanted.
In an interview as he waited to catch a flight, Martinez said he could have had his own Cornhusker kickback, the derisive name GOPers have given to a deal cut with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) in exchange for Nelson’s vote on health reform legislation.
During negotiations over the stimulus bill, Martinez said the WH asked him, “What do you have to have?”
“But I didn’t have to have anything,” he said he responded. “I didn’t want anything. I wanted a better bill.” Martinez said the talks were disillusioning when it came down to “how can we bribe you” for a vote.
Soooooo, why is Martinez backing the business-as-usual Good Time Charlie Crist to replace him?
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