Quite curious how the New York Times is taking the lamestream media lead in investigating the obscenely corrupt New Jersey Senator. Would be nice if the rest of the media paid attention.
It turns out that just last month, Mr. Menendez actively sought to discourage any plan by the Homeland Security Department to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic. He expressed concern that providing the screening gear might undermine efforts by an unnamed private company — the one run by his friend and benefactor — to get that work. And his staff went so far as to suggest that giving the Dominican Republic the screening equipment would play into the hands of the drug trade.
Mr. Menendez has cited his deep concern with port security to justify his interest in enforcing Dr. Melgen’s contract — worth as much as $500 million over 20 years.
This excuse would seem rather more credible if the senator’s efforts on the doctor’s behalf hadn’t coincided with the latter’s hefty donations — totaling $700,000 — to a Democratic super PAC. Or if that super PAC hadn’t, in turn, funneled $582,500 to the senator’s 2012 re-election campaign.
At this point in this unfolding political drama there are two intriguing mysteries. How did Dr. Melgen, who is the subject of a federal fraud investigation, presumably related to overbilling $8.9 million for care at his eye clinic, come up with the money to make such large political gifts? And when will the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, require Mr. Menendez to give up his leadership role?
Never mind his allegedly using underage prostitutes. This chicanery alone should be more than enough to open criminal investigations and force this boob from office. If only Democrats and the network news media cared about corruption among their own.