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Congressman speculates Cuba may be behind Menendez scandal
Newark Star-Ledger ^ | 2/1/13 | Matt Friedman

Posted on 02/02/2013 9:19:24 AM PST by randita

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Congressman speculates Cuba may be behind Menendez scandal

By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger

on February 01, 2013 at 7:35 PM, updated February 02, 2013 at 2:34 AM

TRENTON — U.S. Rep. Albio Sires today defended Sen. Robert Menendez and presented an unusual theory why the senator finds himself battling lurid accusations.

"I won't even be surprised if somehow the Cuban government is involved in this to try to damage Bob Menendez because he's been so steadfast against the Castro government. He's been a critic all his political life," Sires said in a phone interview. "I would not be surprised if they are behind some of this stuff, some of these allegations. The Dominican Republic has a lot of relationships with Cuba."

Sires, who like Menendez (D-N.J). is Cuban-American, succeeded him in the House when Menendez was elevated to the Senate.

Menendez has denied anonymous allegations that he had trysts with prostitutes, some of them underage, at a Dominican Republic condo owned by wealthy eye doctor and campaign donor Salomon Melgen. But Menendez’s office has said the senator reimbursed Melgen $58,500 for two round trip flights on his private jet on January 4 of this year—more than two years after the trips, and without disclosing them.

In a statement issued after the phone interview, Sires defended Menendez but left out the alleged Cuban connection.

"These attacks on the Senator were first delivered before the Senators re-election this past November. I believe the attacks were an attempt to block the Senator from becoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This is a very powerful post in Washington," he said.

Star-Ledger staff writer Christopher Baxter in Washington contributed to this report.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: cuba; menendez
Cuba made me do it.
1 posted on 02/02/2013 9:19:28 AM PST by randita
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To: randita

LOL! No way! Mindy is a ‘fellow traveler’.


2 posted on 02/02/2013 9:24:04 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Exactly! How do you become an enemy of Cuba by supporting Marxism?


3 posted on 02/02/2013 9:25:10 AM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: randita
There are actually two things behind Menendez scandal:

1. His lack of morals, and

2. His genitals

CC

4 posted on 02/02/2013 9:25:26 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Come to Michigan, enjoy the beauty of all 4 seasons- sometimes all in the same day)
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To: randita

I really doubt it since his politics are to the left of the current Cuban regime. (It’s a good sign that they’re coming up with lame excuses like this since it probably means that there is a huge firestorm behind all the smoke.)


5 posted on 02/02/2013 9:29:46 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Defiant

Hello, Menendez has been a dedicated and outspoken critic of the Castro regime even though he is a Dem - he is also a Cuban exile and has a Cuban exile constituency in NJ.
By the way, I commented that this scandal could be an invention of the Cuban govt when it first broke.


6 posted on 02/02/2013 10:01:48 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo
My comment still stands. You don't oppose Castro by becoming a Marxist. You become an ally, no matter what you say to obtain Cuban votes. It's like a battle between Stalin and Trotsky.

I also question your use of the adjective "dedicated", although it is possible he is "outspoken".

7 posted on 02/02/2013 10:21:25 AM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: randita

“...when Menendez was elevated to the Senate.”

That speaks volumes.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 10:32:16 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: randita
...he's been so steadfast against the Castro government.

Surprising, what with the way most RATs seem to want to emulate Cuba!

9 posted on 02/02/2013 11:33:38 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: randita
Anyone know if or how this Cuban Menendez may be related to the Menendez Brothers who shotgunned papá and mamacita out in LA? They were Cubans with a Jersey connection, and it seems this fellow entered politics right after some Menendez or other got control of the of the estate when the young fellows went to prison.

BTW, FL Cubans are Republicans. What's with these lame-ass Cubans from New Jersey? The Democrats love Fidel!

10 posted on 02/02/2013 12:04:10 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Absolution Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = no-fault Marxism.)
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To: Defiant

I don’t know what you are talking about. He has been consistently one of the few voices of the Senate raised against the Castro tyranny.


11 posted on 02/02/2013 1:27:59 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Kenny Bunk

What an ignorant and stupid question. The last name Menendez is one of the 100 most common in the Spanish speaking population. It’s like asking if Scott Brown was related to James Brown.


12 posted on 02/02/2013 1:32:33 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Actually FL Cubans are leaning more left and Dem. They are getting govt freebies now, too, just like all the other minorities


13 posted on 02/02/2013 1:43:11 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: kabumpo
Scott Brown was related to James Brown. Thanks! I didn't know that. OTOH, who knew that Bill Clinton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mel Tilley were related? Seems to me I heard in one of the low-down CIA hangout bars I frequent that this Menendez was related to the other Menendez.

I also know, that like the Swedes who took care of the problem, the Hispanics are mighty short on surnames and often turn the fact to their advantage.

14 posted on 02/02/2013 3:22:12 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Absolution Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No-Fault Marxism.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Well, I have always known that Swaggart and Lewis were related, and it seems possible that Clinton is a Rockefeller bastard.
The Hispanics are short on surnames and that’s why in their countries, they use the mother’s last name after the father’s: Jose Sanchez Gomez, for example.


15 posted on 02/02/2013 3:40:30 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

He has consistently been one of the farthest left of the Senate Democrats. Mao and Brezhnev didn’t get along either. They were both commies, though, and both opponents of the US, just like your hero, Menendez.


16 posted on 02/02/2013 3:45:00 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

He is not my hero. But he is the only Dem who has spoken out against the Castro tyranny.


17 posted on 02/02/2013 3:57:35 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Defiant
He is not my hero. But he is the only Dem who has spoken out against the Castro tyranny.
18 posted on 02/02/2013 3:58:39 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo
....they use the mother’s last name after the father’s: Jose Sanchez Gomez, for example.... Ah, if only it were that simple. Any Hispanic worthy of his sal, can come up with at least 50 perfectly valid permutations and concatenations of the old family name thing, as social workers across the fruited plain are very slowly catching onto. Ask a friendly local policeman. Not at all unusual to find a latino suspect with 10,20, 30, or more, sets of ID. It's sort of the Obama question. "Who TF is this guy?"
19 posted on 02/02/2013 4:15:10 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Absolution Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No-Fault Marxism.)
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To: Defiant

It’s like a scene from an MST-3000 showing.


20 posted on 02/02/2013 4:20:36 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: Defiant

It’s like a scene from an MST-3000 movie.


21 posted on 02/02/2013 4:30:08 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: Defiant

Menendezs’ political persuasion is meaningless to the Cubans. The fact Menendez is a success in the USA makes him their enemy.


22 posted on 02/02/2013 4:38:27 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: carriage_hill
>> “...when Menendez was elevated to the Senate.” That speaks volumes. <<

Not to worry, a bunch of freepers tell me things would be sooooo much better if we abolished elections and all states could appoint "statesmen" to serve in the Senate like NJ did with Menendez.

23 posted on 02/02/2013 8:02:16 PM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Kenny Bunk
>> BTW, FL Cubans are Republicans <<

Really? In the last election, a large majority of them (60%) voted for Obama. If that's "Republican", I'd hate to see their idea of Democrat.

24 posted on 02/02/2013 8:04:53 PM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy
Thanks for the update on the ingrate FL Cubans, BB. Not only do I stand humbly corrected, but I will go forth and beat the living arroz con pollo out of 60% of the Cubans I run into.

Now about this all states could appoint "statesmen" to serve in the Senate like NJ did with Menendez.

The way the COTUS was originally written, Senators were not "appointed." They were to be elected by the various state legislatures. It is my belief that the amendment allowing popular election of Senators is written in such a manner that it actually gives the individual states the option of popular election, or election by the state legislature. Strong constitutionalist governors and state legislatures might do very well to re-assert their rights.

I think this important because it stripped a key power from the sovereign states; a power that they need to combat rampant federalism. It would also lessen out-of-state influence in the form of PAC contributions used to harm Senate candidates.

As you schooled me in the perfidy of the Cubans, I might add that the demographics are not working out for Federal elections winnable by those who tend to honor the Constitution. So, state sovereignty becomes ever more important for the cause.

OTOH, when an already sitting Senator needs to be replaced, and a RAT holds down the Governorship of a state, most states allow the direct replacement with the Senator of the RAT Governor's choice. We're screwed. Sorry.

25 posted on 02/02/2013 8:53:55 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Absolution Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No-Fault Marxism.)
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