Skip to comments.Menendez could remain in Senate even if he's convicted
Posted on 11/06/2017 5:45:28 PM PST by RightGeek
As the bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez concludes, Senate Democrats could face a stark question how long will they stick by the New Jersey Democrat if hes convicted?
With Menendez's fate likely to be decided within days, Democrats are already quietly strategizing on how to respond if he's found guilty. They will be in no rush to expel or force Menendez out of office, even if a Democrat wins the New Jersey gubernatorial race, according to several Democratic senators and aides.
Menendez has refused to say whether he'd resign if convicted. If he is found guilty, Senate Republicans are expected to quickly try to expel him from the Senate, giving GOP Gov. Chris Christie a chance to name a Republican replacement for the Democratic lawmaker.
But expelling Menendez even if he is convicted of a felony might not be that easy.
Republicans need a two-thirds majority in the Senate to agree to expel a member, which means they would need Democratic votes.
In addition, New Jersey voters are about to pick a new governor. Democrat Phil Murphy is leading in the polls. If Murphy wins and takes office in January, he could replace Menendez with a Democrat, so the party would have incentive to delay rather than allow Christie to choose a new senator.
Democrats might even support Menendez staying in office even if Murphy takes over as governor. In private, several Democratic senators and aides said they're not feeling any political pressure yet to cut ties to Menendez if he's convicted.
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The problem is that everyone in NJ is a criminal.
It should be put to a vote. Everyone will see who is OK with the country being run by felons.
That’s not true at all!
Why Freeper...okay maybe it is true.
I have never seen or heard one word of this trial mentioned in the media. Weird, eh?
Jury deliberations will be short.
Hey,I have family in Jersey and only a few of them are criminals.
By rule he’ll get a bigger office, and if he was in the Majority he’d get a major committee Chairmanship...
Pretty hard to serve as a US Senator if you’re behind bars. You can’t exactly phone it in.
If he’s convicted and sentenced to time in prison and the Rats do not vote to remove him, the people of NJ will be short of representation.
The only way to get a commie ‘RAT out of the Senate is if they die and somebody finds out about it.
Are you kidding?
For a Democrat a criminal conviction is a resume enhancer.
Well worth the vote to get the Dems on the record, especially those running for reelection in 2018.
Hmmm. Pass a law the Dems don't like without Menendez' vote and watch the Dems try to get the law overturned based on an unequal representation of the people in NJ. Or something like that.
Not even close to a new low for New Jersey!
Rats will slow play this and compare it to the Repubs slow playing a SCOTUS nominee.
He’ll be reelected.
Wouldnt a conviction for that type of crime come with a prison sentence?
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