Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has been going through a rough patch. The latest headache for the man expected to become the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee involves allegations about teen prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided the offices of a Miami doctor who is a friend of Menendez and who donated to the senator's campaign. The allegations involve trips that the senator allegedly took with the doctor.
Media previously reported Menendez had hired “an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities…” [N.Y. Daily News]
The newspaper also said Dept. of Homeland Security officials allegedly told federal agents not to arrest the intern until after the November election. The illegal alien was finally arrested in early December.
Hiring an intern who has not been vetted thoroughly suggests Menendez shouldn’t be serving on a foreign relations committee, but Democrats rarely take skills into consideration when they select appointees.
We should be investigating why DHS delayed the arrest and asking whether the dismissed intern has been caught and released or deported.
Menendez has denied allegations involving accusations about trips and visits to teen prostitutes, and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has backed his fellow Democrat, telling media to consider the source.
No charges related to acts with teen prostitutes have been filed against the senator.
The source Reid referenced is The Daily Caller, a media organization that doesn’t fall into the realm of the vast media empire Democrats control, such as most legacy newspapers and alphabet TV networks. Reid and President Barack Obama tend to criticize media who report negative information about their party.
It’s ironic Menendez is viewed as a key player in immigration reform, and he even pointed to the intern as an example of why immigration should be reformed.
The intern has nothing to do with the type of reform needed in the federal bureaucracy that often acts as a barrier for immigrants and a magnet for illegal aliens.
As a matter of fact, it appears that in the case of the intern, the law worked.
The breakdown occurred, as usual, when the Obama administration, according to media, delayed the intern’s arrest, presumably for political reasons.
A watchdog group reportedly alerted the FBI about the teen prostitutes. The group, in my opinion, appears to focus more on investigating Republicans than Democrats, so the latest Menendez scandal may have more credibility than Reid suggested.
Menendez confirmed the intern’s arrest and illegal status.
The Miami doctor has something in common with a number of influential Democrat donors—tax woes. The Miami Herald reported the doctor “has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009.”
Ironically, Democrats continue to hike taxes on the American people across all income ranges, through the ObamaCare Tax Bill and the repeal of the payroll tax breaks.
If Menendez was a Republican, the allegations would be top of the fold in legacy newspapers and lead on alphabet networks’ news.
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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 30, 2013)