Sen. Menendez’s Alleged Sex Scandal

BY  |  Friday, Feb 01, 2013 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (26)

menendezAnother day, another Washington sex scandal. This time, however, the scandal involves our very own senator, Bob Menendez, who has been accused of patronizing two underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic and of taking improper campaign donations from a West Palm Beach doctor.

News of the scandal arose just before the election in November on the conservative website, The Daily Caller, but picked up steam when the FBI raided the office of the doctor, Salomon Melgen, earlier this week. Melgen is a friend of the Senator’s, who has flown Menendez on his private plane to the D.R. and who reportedly organized the drunken orgies with the prostitutes. It’s not clear why his office was raided, but the Miami Herald reported that Melgen may be involved in Medicare fraud and that he has been involved in several lawsuits. He has also had tax troubles.

On Thursday, reporters got wind of some emails that had been posted to an anonymous blog last week purporting to be between a tipster named “Peter Williams” and an FBI agent.

According to the emails, reported, Williams provided the FBI agent with a copy of what he said was an interview with a now 19-year-old prostitute who she said she had sex with Menendez three times in 2009. She said they met twice again afterward, in 2010 and 2011.

A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, obtained the emails last April but said it could not verify the information. Peter Williams, an alias, never agreed to meet or talk on the phone, said Executive Director Melanie Sloan.

Sen. Menendez has vigorously denied the charges. “Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically-motivated right-wing blog and are false,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added that Melgen was a “friend and political supporter … for many years,” and that he had traveled on the doctor’s plane on three occasions, “all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately.”

So did he or didn’t he engage in illegal activities? According to the Atlantic, there isn’t much evidence to the accusations. What do you think?


  1. POSTED BY Montclair Lover  |  February 01, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    “… accused of patronizing two underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic…”

    What’s the legal age for prostitutes, in the D.R.?

  2. POSTED BY yougottalovehim  |  February 01, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    Well, at minimum he took a few trips on the dime of a supporter and didn’t bother paying for the until someone called him on it. Would hardly be shocked to learn there is a lot more going on here.

  3. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  February 01, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, but not child prostitution. According the the NYT, 18 is the legal age.

  4. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  February 01, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    Why can’t men in public office just keep those things in their pants? Idjits.

  5. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  February 01, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    So if he had sex with the now 19 yo woman 4 years ago, she was not even close to being legal. Now we wait and see.

  6. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 01, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    Power is addictive. it not only overcomes the brain but it moves down to capture the loins.

  7. POSTED BY yougottalovehim  |  February 01, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    Very successfull people tyically got where they are by risk taking, not by playing things close to the vest. No suprising that they continue to engage in big time risk taing when they are at the top.

  8. POSTED BY Nellie  |  February 01, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    Bill Clinton is the best example of what PAZ and YGLH said.

  9. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  February 01, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Well, even if they don’t play things close to the vest, they should try a little harder to play some things closer to the boxers.

  10. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  February 01, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    The best part is that he was never asked about this when he was on ABC’s This Week.

    Nice to be a Dem on a friendly network. Though I guess now they’ll be forced to ask him. I remember the old days when the media so biased…

  11. POSTED BY Bill Courson  |  February 01, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    Prostitution in the Dominican Republic is legal, but a third party may not derive financial gain from prostitution (brothels or similar establishments are illegal).However, the government usually does not enforce prostitution laws. The Dominican Republic has gained a reputation of being a major destination for international sex tourism and child prostitution is a problem, particularly in major urban areas and popular tourist destinations.

    According to newspaper reports there are about 30,000 children and adolescents involved in the sex industry.

    The age of majority and of consent is set by law at 18 years.

  12. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  February 01, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    Tawdry and if true, despicable.

  13. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  February 01, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    I’d like to qualify that: if it was just a prostitute, meh. If it was an underage prostitute, off with his senatorial member…ship. Men need to learn: be careful where you porn. There are consequences.

    Anybody read this Sunday Times magazine? It graphically describes the lifelong cost to
    young women who were abused as children.
    Boys too.

  14. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  February 02, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I read that, Kit. Shameful. It’s wrong, the perpetrators know it’s wrong, yet they continue. If you really cannot control yourself, seek help.

  15. POSTED BY cathar  |  February 02, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    This is a tawdry, near-obscene matter if true. And it has nothing to do with (as someone foolishly seemingly claimed above) with, uh, “risk taking.” But, rather, with a warped view of women as disposable chattel. Especially the the young and truly defenseless.

    The senator, of course, whatever his true guilt, will retreat into lies and evasions as this matter unfolds. Even, likely, into a re-statement of his “belief” in his Hispanic heritage and and importance within it of family values, if he’s as much of a scoundrel as I suspect he is. But at heart, for all the verbiage we waste on this matter as it unfolds, if the charges are true then Menendez is just your average exploitive complete scumbag. No better and maybe worse than the guys who used to hack off in public in the “Young Stuff” section at the porn store which was on the cortner adjacent to the Capitol Theater in Passaic.

    Again, let’s be patient and have a diligent investigation, but let’s also not give this little worm any more attention that his few (if any) political accomplishments have ever merited.

  16. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 02, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    “The best part is that he was never asked about this when he was on ABC’s This Week.

    Nice to be a Dem on a friendly network. Though I guess now they’ll be forced to ask him. I remember the old days when the media so biased…”

    —kudos to the learned Prof for pointing out the liberal bias of ABC’s This Week!

    why, just look at this list of left-leaning travellers on the show last sunday:

    Guests: Sen. John McCain and Sen. Robert Menendez

    Roundtable: ABC News’ George Will; Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.; Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; NPR “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep; and New Republic owner and publisher Chris Hughes

    certainly there is no more liberal stage than the one occupied each week by george will. rep. schweikert, you might recall, was one of the House Republicans who had to be ousted from a committee post by speaker boehner because he was, i guess, exceedingly liberal. why, the week before, they gave panel time to that notorious Commie rick santorum (given the overwhelming love voters have shown santorum in the last decade, i can understand why he’s a “get”.)

    than goodness we have the Prof to distribute his hoary bromides that are utterly divorced from any messy facts!

  17. POSTED BY flipside  |  February 02, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Let’s not forget about the 18 year old male illegal immigrant sex offender he had working on his staff (pun unintended). His exploiting underage girls is despicable but that seems to be the tip of the iceberg. The front page article in the NYT yesterday about his relationship with Melgen was quite interesting. Even the Times couldn’t sugar coat what has been going on between these two creeps. How does a guy have a 11 million dollar tax lien against him and get to keep his jet? (and supposedly had an earlier tax lien forgiven) The allegations about Menendez’s personal life are creepy and disturbing but what he is doing professionally is downright arrogant and an abuse of power. It is time for people to stop voting lockstep with one party and the other and really investigate what these candidates are up to…we need term limits!

  18. POSTED BY cathar  |  February 02, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Even if it was unintended, flipside, it’s a darned good pun. My compliments.

    Menendez, who may be reasonably said to burble inanely at times whenever he speaks in public, is the sort of hapless dip who conveys to the rest of America the image of New Jersey as a place beyond political sanity. And this happens time and again.

    Once saw zydeco singer Zachary Richard from LA, here in-state, and he foolishly asked the crowd, “Okay, what’s the most polluted state?” He didn’t get it at all when everyone yelled back “New Jersey!.”

    So he tried to recover with, “Okay, what’s the most corrupt state in the nation?” And he was clearly baffled when everyone again yelled back “New Jersey!”

  19. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 02, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    “The front page article in the NYT yesterday about his relationship with Melgen was quite interesting.”

    —and the liberal media continues to ignore this story!!

  20. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  February 02, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Tawdry news. Any silver lining here?
    The accused is not, per recent events, a member of the clergy.

  21. POSTED BY cathar  |  February 02, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Menendez may not be clergy, Spiro (but then, neither is the good “bishop” who recently accused the GRPD of racist behavior on this very site), but he has never, ever failed to play in heavily Hispanic Hudson county the Roman Catholicism card.

  22. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  February 02, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Hey jcunningham,

    Was our Esteemed Senator asked the question by the host of the ABC Sunday Morning show?


    That the show features a conservative is of NO matter. To that, I believe NPR’s Mora Liason (sp) is on Fox, does that change Fox’s ideology?

    But please, if you like and support our Senator, say so. But to defend the shameful act of ABC in not even mentioning this is, well, dumb.

  23. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 03, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    “defend the shameful act of ABC”—that is a hilarously idiotic re-characterization of what I wrote—typical for you, prof

    not asking the question makes them incompetent. it does not make them liberal.

    you are, as always, happy to draw inferences without evidence. my opinion on senator menendez, like yours, is utterly irrelevant, since we don’t know the facts. (but since you are so concerned, my best guess is that, as a member of the US Senate, he is guilty of far more than we can imagine.)

    i am fully aware that this lack of facts never stops you from sharing your valuable insights, but the moment your addled old brain purports to know what I think, it’s time to stop the train at dementia junction and shoo you back to the home.

  24. POSTED BY flipside  |  February 03, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Who cares about the way the media is treating this!??! We have a Senator from New Jersey who is a accused of flying on a tax evading campaign donor’s jet to the DR to exploit underage hookers. If that is not bad enough there are accusations of corruption in deals with the same donor. (surprise!) What we really need to see is some outrage by the Democrats to get to the bottom of this. The same should be said about Republicans when a Republican elected official is accused of wrong doing. Instead it’s all about attack and defend and the hell with the truth. We won’t have real leadership in this country until both parties clean up their own houses! Voters need to send a message to politicians that if you are dishonest your own party will turn on with more anger than the opposition. Maybe then we will see more integrity from both sides of the aisle.

  25. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 03, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    this is why you care about how the media is covering this:

    for those of you here who have trouble with reading comprehension, the article shows that the “teenage prostitution” story might be, um, not true.

    oh, those tricky journalists at breitbart! never let the facts get in the way! our president is a kenyan too!

    see, flipside, i am all for sticking it to those in power—you just kinda want it to be fact based. (for our teabagger friends, “facts” are those pesky things that annoy you when, say, you are interpreting the bible for modern times…)

  26. POSTED BY flipside  |  February 03, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    @jcunningham…any word about the $500 million contract?? Dude, 60g’s for 2 trips to DR tells me all I need to know. The Prof doesn’t even roll like that. I don’t need the press to know he is guilty of something.

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