Tuesday, March 05, 2013

So who was behind the allegations against Senator Bob Menendez? ... by gimleteye

Forget about a "pathway to citizenship." Every day the GOP seem to give voters a better reason to give Democrats a pathway to control of Congress in 2014.

The latest smear campaign by the GOP -- a la Swiftboating -- is against Senator Bob Menendez, D-NJ, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez is the most powerful Cuban American politician in Congress. (Allegations skirted by the report that Menendez was entertained at the Dominican Republic resort, Casa de Campo, owned by the Big Sugar's billionaire Fanjuls. We'd like to see the flight manifests of all members of Congress who have been wined and dined by Big Sugar.)

Now, allegations made by a Dominican woman -- through a conservative website and widely broadcast -- have been withdrawn. "A Dominican woman who said in a video that she had had sex with Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey for money is acknowledging that the story is false, according to her sworn statement released by a lawyer enmeshed in the scandal."


Anonymous said...

So the free flights and $700,000 from a medicare fraudster Melgen to the Senator are okay now?

Whew, what a relief!

Anonymous said...

Where's Ana? Could she be in the DR?

Anonymous said...

This basic operations for them. But the truth has a way of coming out. . .

Anonymous said...


Not so fast Gimleteye. You are spinning the truth.

Anonymous said...

What about all the legislation & lobbying on this Dr.'s behalf? You cannot ignore that, or can you? On this one, I vehemently disagree!

The private investments and all that other stuff he did to help the Dr. in regard to the tax liens, over billing medicare, etc. just doesn't disappear from the public records - well, maybe if it's the MSM!

Anonymous said...

The "Swiftboating" of Sen. Kerry meant real people speaking the truth about his questionable service in Vietnam. It is the opposite of "Borking" in which an honorable person is intentionally smeared. Here, for Sen. Menendez, it seems real people are coming forward with dramatic allegations about teenage prostitution. Is it true? Recanting under duress doesn't prove innocence. And I'm sure the left-wing press thought it "Swiftboating" when the supermarket tabloids accused John Edwards of fathering a love child. Oops! This DR story is still developing - and is not going to end well for Menendez, regardless of his Cuban heritage.

Anonymous said...

You are imbeciles.

ABC March 6


New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez is demanding an investigation into the political operatives who may have been behind an elaborate plot to embroil him in an international sex scandal.

"I have no idea who is behind these efforts, but I hope that the press will pursue them as vigorously to find out who was behind these efforts as they did in the first place," Menendez said Tuesday. "All I know is obviously there must be interests were trying to defeat me in my election and who obviously did not want to see me in my role as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."

It all started last year as Menendez campaigned for re-election. Six days before the votes were cast, GOP operatives helped to arrange Skype interviews in the Dominican Republic with three women who all told ABC News the Senator paid them for sex. Two of the women repeated the claims to a conservative news website, the Daily Caller.

Their interactions with Menendez supposedly took place at the famed Dominican resort Casa de Campo and at the home there of one of the Senator's campaign donors, where the GOP operatives claimed in reports that surveillance teams learned of raucous pool parties where "everyone [was] naked, of course."

But during the ABC News interviews, none of the women could produce identity cards with their names, and they all provided the same story almost word for word, as if they had been coached.

They were, according to a sworn affidavit filed in court this week by one of the three women, who says it was all a set up.

Follow BrianRoss on Twitter

In the affidavit, she said that she and the others were paid to use fake names and make up a story about sex with the Senator. A Dominican official familiar with the case confirmed that the woman in the affidavit, identified as Nexis de los Santos Santana, was the same woman who wore a yellow blouse when interviewed by ABC News.

In her interview with ABC News before the election, she said her name was Michelle Rodriguez and that she had come forward because Menendez had paid her only $100 of the $500 she had expected. She now says she was coached to make the claim.

"I think it's a pretty elaborate plot to take down a sitting Senator," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "I have no idea who would be behind this and who would go to such great lengths... who would fund this because it wasn't cheap."

ABC News did not report the allegations last year, but the Daily Caller ran a story and continues to stand by it.

While the allegations about the prostitutes may have been discredited, the Senator still faces an ethics inquiry into his relationship with that donor who provided Menendez with private plane flights and for whom Menendez allegedly intervened to help obtain contracts.

Menendez has already been forced to amend his financial disclosure statement to account for the flights and reimburse the donor for $58,000.