Bredesen Denies Seeking Job With Obama Administration

A prominent Democratic Party donor who says U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is trying to help former Gov. Phil Bredesen get a top job in the Obama administration has urged the White House to resist the senator’s pleas, reports the Tennessean.
Real estate mogul Bill Freeman wrote to White House chief of staff William Daley on Dec. 28, saying he had learned on a recent trip to Washington that Bredesen, a Democrat, had asked Corker, a Republican, “to make calls to the administration on his behalf.”
Freeman, co-founder of Freeman Webb Co., wrote that Bredesen was seeking a senior position in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where Bredesen was a candidate for the top job after President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
“This is mind-boggling to me,” Freeman wrote in a letter obtained by The Tennessean, adding that a Bredesen appointment “would increase the odds that (Corker) would be able to retain his Senate seat in 2012.”
In an interview Monday, Freeman said he had heard about Corker’s calls from a White House official — whom he declined to name — at a holiday party there last month.
But Corker and Bredesen, 68, said they’ve never talked about the senator making any calls to the Democratic administration on Bredesen’s behalf. When asked whether he had made any calls of his own initiative, Corker laughed, replied, “I’ll see you later, good luck,” and signed off.
…”I am emphatically not seeking any jobs in Health and Human Services or anywhere else up there. I’m quite happy doing what I’m doing,” the former health-care executive (Bredesen) said, citing business interests and speeches he has been giving on health care across the country.

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