Robert Menendez: Media Suppression of a Senate Sex Scandal

Maybe you’ve heard of the allegations leveled against New Jersey’s U.S. Senator, Robert Menendez, but if you haven’t, it’s not for your lack of reading the news.

My friend Art Gallagher, who runs the incomparable blog for New Jersey News –MoreMonmouthMusings -  has done a wonderful job of covering the story the mainstream media has not.

What is most fascinating is that the links in Art’s latest work actually send you to media outlets reporting on their own refusal to cover the story. Fascinating!

As you can tell from Art’s column, this story has a video of the prostitute who says she was hired and the Middlesex County Republican Chair has written to the Senate Ethics Committee with flight records of Menendez’ unexplained trips to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the former being where the prostitute in the video claims Menendez stiffed her out of $400, agreeing to pay $500 but leaving only $100 on the nightstand.

The Daily Caller has done some work on the story and FoxNews.Com has a piece up today about whether the FBI is investigating, but since Art Gallagher has done the best job of rounding up the stories I’ve gained his permission to reprint his latest piece on the matter here at Ricochet.

Enjoy the evidence Art puts in his links:

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Senator Bob Menendez should be kicking back and celebrating his accomplishments this weekend. He took over the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just in time to preside over Hillary Clinton’s high profile testimony regarding the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and he scored a 51% approval rating among New Jersey voters in a Quinnipiac poll this week.

But the stories about Menendez’s inappropriate foreign relations in the Dominican Republic just won’t go away.

Early this morning Daily Caller, the conservative website that last October broke the story about Menendez stiffing Dominican prostitutes, posted a story reporting that the FBI opened an investigation into the Senator for victimising underage Domincan girls, in exchange for money, last August.

DC links to documents indicating that ABC News Senior Investigative Producer Rhoda Schwartz was on to Menendez’s exploits last May and that Citizens for Responsibilty and Ethics in Washington (CREW) was alerted to Menendez’s foreign pay to play last April.

New Jersey’s mainstream media has ignored the story because it is considered “thin,” according to one reporter and becauses “nobody cares and we’re too busy” according to another.

USNews reported in November that the story “wouldn’t stick”, in part, because it involved a Democrat.

“You would see a little more digging if he were a Republican. It is the slightest of the factors, but it is still a factor,”

State Senator Sam Thompson, in his capacity as chairman of the Middlesex GOP, wrote to the Senate Ethics Committee in November asking that they investigate Menendez. So far, there has been no investigation reported.

  1. KC Mulville

    Well, see, Menendez isn’t a hypocrite, because as a Democrat, he never ran on a platform of family values. That makes everything honest, right?

  2. Donald Todd

    A high ranking democrat senator with underage prostitutes is not being investigated.  Why would that surprise anyone?  The party of death doesn’t care about high ranking democrat senators with underage prostitutes.  It is a non-starter.  They know who he is and they voted him in anyway.  It is the democrat way.

    One might also note that he has not yet lied under oath about removing his trousers.  Should he do that, it is okay as well.  The democrats aren’t subject to perjury penalties, other than losing one’s license to practice law.  Another non-starter for the party of death and hypocrites.

    I used to belong to that party, and now I find it evil and repulsive.

    Lastly, the democrat-controlled media are only doing what they have agreed to do, which is to avoid making democrats look bad in public.  No matter how shameless (and apparently cheap) Menendez is, it is not  the news that counts.

  3. Austin Murrey
    Tommy De Seno:  the former being where the prostitute in the video claims Menendez stiffed her out of $400, agreeing to pay $500 but leaving only $100 on the nightstand.

    · 1 hour ago

    Tommy, I think you’re missing the real story here which is the criminal mishandling of Menendez’s commitee assignment. 

    A Senator who can  spend only 20% of projected costs should obviously be the chair of the Senate Budget Commitee, not Foreign Relations.

  4. Tommy De Seno
    C
    Austin Murrey

    Tommy De Seno:  the former being where the prostitute in the video claims Menendez stiffed her out of $400, agreeing to pay $500 but leaving only $100 on the nightstand.

    · 1 hour ago

    Tommy, I think you’re missing the real story here which is the criminal mishandling of Menendez’s commitee assignment. 

    A Senator who can  spend only 20% of projected costs should obviously be the chair of the Senate Budget Commitee, not Foreign Relations. · 1 hour ago

    Ha!  That’s funny.

  5. Paul J. Croeber

    If indeed an FBI investigation is afoot, the media can’t ignore it for long.  That said they will do their best to hide his party affiliation.  Better bookmark newsbusters, they do a heck of a job compiling the ever so coincidental party omissions.

  6. Ross C

    I can’t wait for some democrat to defend the behavior, a la Bill Clinton.  Something like, “he can use underage prostituges, if that’ll keep abortion legal.”

  7. Mike LaRoche

    For a Democrat, sleeping with underage prostitutes is a resume-enhancer.

  8. Dennis Lombreglia

    Disgusting. Wouldn’t expect anything less out of a Democrat from Union City.

  9. Robert Promm

    This story does not seem to have legs.  Is it merely just the weekend or is there nothing to it?

  10. Tommy De Seno
    C
    Robert Promm: This story does not seem to have legs.  Is it merely just the weekend or is there nothing to it? · 14 hours ago

    Don’t know. 

    I saw Menendez on ABC on Sunday and they never asked him one question about it.

    Drudge has a headline today with a link to Newsbusters, which shows that he was on This Week Sunday on ABC for 6 minutes answering question but there was no questions asked about the FBI looking at his prostitute scandal, which some are reporting may be the case due to some emails that were just made public.

  11. Dennis Lombreglia

    I think there is obviously some more to see here. The FBI will go through the boxes of evidence they seized from Dr. Melgin’s offices in Florida and there could be something in there that sheds more light. Not to mention Menendez is behaving a lot like an ethically challenged senator at the moment. The hasty denials when put on the spot by a sneaky reporter he didn’t expect to see, the denials from his “office” and not from Menendez himself. Even for a Democrat this is significant heat. Even Frank Pallone looked concerned the other night at the Gala when Menendez was being questioned about it by someone in the crowd. There’s more to this than we know of.

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