I didn't read this thread, so maybe someone has already mentioned this...but I don't think there's anything illegal here. The White House COULDN'T have offered a quid pro quo "Drop out of the race and we'll give you a job" deal. If Sestak had accepted the job, he would have been legally required to resign from Congress anyway, as per the Hatch Act. Therefore, the White House could just dangle the job in front of him, without the quid pro quo. We can argue if that is ethical, but as far as I can tell it isn't illegal.