Skip to comments.Bob Menendez ducks out of NJ Chamber of Commerce event, ditches reporters at elevator
Posted on 02/01/2013 6:10:04 PM PST by randita
Bob Menendez ducks out of NJ Chamber of Commerce event, ditches reporters at elevator
Posted By David Martosko On 9:11 AM 02/01/2013 @ 9:11 AM
Bob Menendez, the combative New Jersey senator beset by allegations that he had sex with at least one underage prostitute in the Dominican Republic, hurried out of a Marriott ballroom in Washington, D.C. after a speech Thursday night, out-dashing a gaggle of reporters and ignoring questions all the way to a welcome elevator.
The senator was speaking to an annual gathering of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, but members of the media werent interested in the value of pharmaceutical stocks or the future of the chemical industry.
Sen Menendez walks away in silence as reporters fire questions about allegations, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tamari tweeted shortly after 9:30 p.m. Ducks into elevator, and hes gone.
The Inquirers Joelle Farrell followed up a few minutes later on Twitter, writing that she found it [k]ind of surreal to hear @GingerGibson yell Did you sleep with prostitutes, Senator? at Menendez while we practically ran down [the] hall.
Gibson is a reporter with Politico, a left-leaning news outlet.
As recently as Monday, Menendezs office was calling the allegations against him the product of a right-wing smear job. But when the non-right-wing Miami Herald reported Tuesday night that the FBI had raided the business of Menendezs campaign donor and alleged Dominican sex-party collaborator Salomon Melgen, Menendez-gate became a post-partisan media circus.
Writing for Politico, Gibson reported late Thursday night that Menendez did not respond to a flurry of questions as a crowd of reporters many from his home state followed him out of the speech.
A grim-faced Sen. Robert Menendez scurried out of the ballroom, the Asbury Park Press told its readers.
For Menendez, Tamari wrote for the Inquirer, it might have been a chance to shine in the spotlight of a rising profile, including a key role in immigration reform and chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Democrats gave him Tuesday.
Instead, allegations swirled around him, and his office confirmed that he took more than two years to repay a donor and friend for 2010 flights on a private plane.
That donor, South Florida eye surgeon Salomon Melgen, is now under federal investigation. (RELATED: Menendez drained more than 1/3 of bank accounts in January to pay for past Dominican Republic travel)
The Senator, reported Buzzfeed, was, in fact, all but mum on the accusations, from the moment he entered the Marriott to the moment he ducked out, chased all the while by a bevy of reporters before scrambling into an elevator that took him and an entourage to the basement of the hotel.
Inquirer reporter Matt Katz summed it up in a caption to a tweeted photo: Hands clasped; no words.
Two hours earlier, according to a tweet from CNNs Jim Acosta, an arriving Menendez told CNN assignment editor Gregory Clary that These are nameless, faceless allegations.
You should find out who that is, the senator added, according to Buzzfeed.
The Daily Caller was first to report on the prostitution allegations, on Nov. 1, 2012. That report featured two Dominican women who made specific claims, during videotaped interviews, that they were paid for sex with Menendez during the Easter weekend that year. (RELATED: Dominican prostitute: Sen. Bob Menendez likes the youngest and newest girls)
TheDC withheld their names and obscured their faces to guarantee their anonymity.
“Hey Senator, how’s your VD treatments coming along?”
Poor fella acts like he’s under stress.
Diod he have a date waiting at the local Jr High?
Release the hounds!
Menendez the Whore-monger.
This jackass needs a guy in a Pedobear suit following him at all appearances.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Have you asked your Senator/Cong/legislator if THEY'VE ever spent time at Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic?
In the next 72 hours, we, the people, will probably be seeing the pols slobbering for amnesty getting clobbered w/ a stale burrito---a major once-in-a-generation US national scandal.
Obama will have to adminster No-Doz to the sleepy Holder and the DOJ, to nail this pronto---- b/c the monumentality of the scandal will impact on Obama's nefarious scheme to conjure up new Democratic voters by handing citizenship to illegal latinos.
The Fanjul brothers (sugar billionaires) own the Dominican Republic resort where Sen Menendez (D-NJ) and underage prostitues cavorted. The Fanjuls have entertained dozens and dozens of Senators and Congressmen at this luxe resort.
US citizens are looking at a national scandal of enormous proportions---hidden til now---probably entailing long-term blackmailing of our nations leaders with the aid of videos of underage prostitution at Casa de Campo.
There are also voluminous paper trails WRT who in US govt has been to Casa de Campo in the last 20 years (since the Fanjuls have owned the resort).
Let the fiesta begin. Ole.
I don’t care if you travel to another country, having sex with a child is still sick. I strongly suspect that Menendeeezzzz a pedophile.
My bet is that he has been paying for hookers in the U.S. too.... but it’s easier to get the very young ones out of country.
Use the memes of the day to crucify these bastards. They cannot STAND being mocked. And doing a 16 yo is pedo. They can’t deny it.
They CAN, but no one will believe it.
Senator, where da hos at?
VERY interesting, and it would explain a lot of fascism becoming law.
IF Sen Menendez is found guilty of traveling to the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual intercourse with underage prostitutes, he could face up to 30 years prison.
The appropriate law, which would seem to apply in this instance, is the Prosecutorial Remedies And Other Tools To End The Exploitation Of Children Today (or the Protect Act).
Sen Menendez voted for the law when he was a member of the House of Representatives.
TRAVEL WITH INTENT TO ENGAGE IN ILLICIT SEXUAL CONDUCT. A person who travels in interstate commerce or travels into the United States, or a United States citizen or an alien admitted for permanent residence in the United States who travels in foreign commerce, for the purpose of engaging in any illicit sexual conduct with another person shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.
(c) ENGAGING IN ILLICIT SEXUAL CONDUCT IN FOREIGN PLACES.Any United States citizen or alien admitted for permanent residence who travels in foreign commerce, and engages in any illicit sexual conduct with another person shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.
(d) ANCILLARY OFFENSES.Whoever, for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, arranges, induces, procures, or facilitates the travel of a person knowing that such a person is traveling in interstate commerce or foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.
(e) ATTEMPT AND CONSPIRACY.Whoever attempts or conspires to violate subsection (a), (b), (c), or (d) shall be punishable in the same manner as a completed violation of that subsection. (rest at web site)
IF he was a Pubbie....the mega-sharks in the MSM would be frothing the blood in the water.
Help me out, would you, please, someone? Is this the same Democratic [sic] party that’s determined to disarm all us commoners, or some other Democratic [sic] party? It’s so hard to keep them all sorted out!