Video: Dominican hookers accuse Senator Menendez of underpaying them

posted at 8:41 am on November 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Every few years, a prominent national politician ends up getting exposed in a salacious sex scandal, allowing the other party to cluck their tongues in sanctimony … until it’s their own politician who gets caught in the snare.  It’s been a while since we walked the Appalachian Trail or took a wide stance, although the recent Secret Service sex scandal in Colombia (and elsewhere) made for a pretty good placeholder.  This time, it’s the Democrats’ turn to squirm as the Daily Caller breaks a story about Senator Robert Menendez and alleged trysts with hookers in the Dominican Republic — and his stinginess:

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

The women spoke through a translator in the company of their attorney, Melanio Figueroa. Both asked that their identities remain obscured for fear of reprisals in the Dominican Republic.

When shown a photograph of Sen. Menendez, the women said they recognized him as the man with whom they’d had sexual relations at Casa de Campo this spring. Both said they were brought to the resort with the understanding they would be paid for sex.

Neither knew the identity of the man at the time. Both claimed to recognize him later as Sen. Menendez.

Menendez has made a number of trips to the Dominican Republic, with the DC reporting that Menendez sometimes flies on a private plane loaned to him by a campaign donor with a vacation house in the country.  The same donor owns Casa de Campo.  That arrangement might end up causing Menendez more problems (with the FEC) than his alleged arrangements with these two hookers.

Menendez’ office denies these allegations, and with an election in five days, it’s not much mystery why they won’t give this additional oxygen by commenting further.  Menendez appeared ready to cruise to re-election against Joseph Kyrillos, a state Senator who won 77% of the vote in the primary.  Menendez needs this like a hole in the head, but it’s not clear whether this will do much harm even at this stage of the race.  Republicans hate to have this pointed out, but David Vitter’s still in the Senate after a scandal involving prostitution, and I’m not sure that New Jersey is any more morally strict than Louisiana when it comes to that sort of issue.

The story itself seems rather suspicious, even if — a rather large if — it turns out to be true.  Neither of these two women knew who “Bob” was at the time of the alleged transaction by their own admission.  How, then, did they come to realize his identity and choose to make it public?  At least according to this video, they seem to have become aware of Menendez’ identity only when told about it by someone else.  So who was that someone else, and how did they know about it?


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He done a bad bad thing.

Red Cloud on November 1, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Finally, a fiscally conserative Democrat.

Chuckles3 on November 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Note to Democrat senators – If you don’t want to get caught, pay full price for the women you are exploiting.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

“He lies,” she said of Menendez. “He says one thing and does another.”

Well yeah — he’s a Democrat.

Axion on November 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Menendez outsourced jobs.

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

He wants to be a Secret Service guy after leaving office.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Spends our money with no problem but is cheap when it comes to his own.

Typical democrat.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

The GOP war on women!

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

If it was in a swing state, maybe it would impact the race. As it stands, this is an embarrassment for Menendez and nothing more.

Doughboy on November 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM

The story itself seems rather suspicious, even if — a rather large if — it turns out to be true. Neither of these two women knew who “Bob” was at the time of the alleged transaction by their own admission. How, then, did they come to realize his identity and choose to make it public? At least according to this video, they seem to have become aware of Menendez’ identity only when told about it by someone else. So who was that someone else, and how did they know about it?

That was my first thought. Here you have two women who don’t have the sense to BE PAID FIRST, but now they know the identity of a sitting US senator?

Right.

herm2416 on November 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM

The only real scandal out of this is that he shorted a hooker $400. Yes, it makes him a hypocrite (seeing his response on the Secret Service scandal in Colombia). He wasn’t even married, and wasn’t on the job. I’m sorry, but I really don’t see anything here. Maybe more will come out, but now… where’s the beef?

onetrickpony on November 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM

So he was out carrying on with these women when he was supposed to be home in New Jersey with Sandy?

cartooner on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Another stain on a blue dress state.

Flange on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Vitter won reelection because he was the first Republican Senator since Reconstruction and people weren’t going to toss him out for a neutered Blue Dog like Charlie Melancon. People liked CharlIe but he was getting regularly bent over by Pelosi before that run.

If a primary challenge had been done by Lt. General Russell Honore, as was rumored, he could have realistically lost.

teke184 on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Babyoil Bob

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Maybe he’s a libertarian? That would explain the haggling and the money for sex.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

The fact that the guy is not married makes this even less of a scandal.

An unmarried man paid for sex while visiting a Caribbean country. Woop de doo.

Dextrous on November 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

You always have to wonder (via the master Breitbart) if there’s another shoe to drop after the first denial. Let’s hope so.

BettyRuth on November 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

How does that old saying go about how absolute power corrupts absolutely?

Makes me all the more grateful I never got interested in wanting to run for office of any kind. I prefer to stay true to myself.

pilamaye on November 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Now — what were the Democrats saying about the war on women?

Axion on November 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

It’s the economy, stupid. And Benghazi. Not too interested in squirrels that want to distract from those no matter which side they come from.

Why is it when the Republicans are winning, whether it’s THIS or CHRISTIE, you just pray they don’t purposely throw it away in the final days?

Marcus on November 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Cash for clunkers. What’s the big deal?!

Shy Guy on November 1, 2012 at 8:52 AM

but he was getting regularly bent over by Pelosi before that run.

Dude… choose the words a little more carefully, willya? Way too early to need that much mind bleach…

TASS71 on November 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM

How, then, did they come to realize his identity and choose to make it public? At least according to this video, they seem to have become aware of Menendez’ identity only when told about it by someone else. So who was that someone else, and how did they know about it?

Secret Service getting a little revenge.

MechanicalBill on November 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Bob the Bang Bandit

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Those two women should know Menendez sells himself for much less, so they should not complain about the $100.

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I am so sick of us being so “fair.” He did it. So what if someone told them who he was? He is still amoral and this goes against all the dem talking points about the war on women. Sometimes, Ed, you make me mad. Why do we have to so damn careful about what we say and THEY NEVER DO? It doesn’t win us any points. I could post about 40 Facebook rants written by libs (friends of mine, HA!) that are so filled with bile and hatred about what a BAD PEOPLE MITT ROMNEY AND PAUL RYAN ARE – why do you have to post this “if, IF it’s true” stuff? It’s true. I will bet $1000 it’s true… And you know it, Ed. You know. it. Just sounds like you want to get on Morning Joe again…

djl130 on November 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Dextrous on November 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The problem is, assuming nothing else is about to come out, he has set himself up for blackmail. There are Anna Chapman’s out there looking for powerful people to compromise. The Cold War may have ended, but there is plenty of cloak and dagger operations running around the world. And while a single man paying for sex while on vacation isn’t shocking, it is behavior that’s unbecoming of a public official.

Flange on November 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Seems like they were “Stiffed” twice.

countrybumpkin on November 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Finally, a fiscally conserative Democrat.
Chuckles3 on November 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Menendez outsourced jobs.
bayview on November 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Hot air gang is on a roll. Good start… And it is not even Friday :-)

antisocial on November 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Okay, so now he’s a total player, traveling to the Caribbean to bang discount Latina hos – Really, putting any FEC issues aside (since nobody will care about that stuff), doesn’t this improve his chances of re-election in New Jersey?

Pork-Chop on November 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Ole’

Philo Beddoe on November 1, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Since he thought they should be paid 1/5, does this mean he’s a racist?

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

To a Republican this is a problem, to a Democrat its a badge of honor…

PatriotRider on November 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hey, Bob, flies spread disease. Keep yours zipped.

petefrt on November 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Did Charly Wrangel fix him up with them?

50sGuy on November 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Unmarried heterosexual male has sex with female hooker. Zzzzzzz.

Limbaugh used to fly down to the Dominican Republic to have sex with hookers. I wonder if he and Menendez ever ran into each other.

Mr. Arkadin on November 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

15 minutes of fame… or maybe 5

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I hate these final-week scandals, regardless of which party is harmed. If they should be revealed at all, scandalous allegations should be revealed a month or more before the election, to give ample time to investigate the claims.

aunursa on November 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

He’s duex for a promotion……maybe head of the Foreign Relations Committee?

Big Hookin’ Bob……….BANGIN FOR JERSEY.

Hey Garden State voters, you vote for it, you deserve it.

War on Womenses.

PappyD61 on November 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Vitter won reelection because he was the first Republican Senator since Reconstruction and people weren’t going to toss him out for a neutered Blue Dog like Charlie Melancon. People liked CharlIe but he was getting regularly bent over by Pelosi before that run.

If a primary challenge had been done by Lt. General Russell Honore, as was rumored, he could have realistically lost.

teke184 on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

At least Vitter payed full price for good old American hookers!

Bevan on November 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

“He lies,” she said of Menendez. “He says one thing and does another.”
Well yeah — he’s a Democrat.

Axion on November 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

…yeah…what’s the big deal?…at least he’s treating the hookers the same as he does the taxpayer’s!

KOOLAID2 on November 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Okay, on second thought, there is an upside to this.

The late night comics will be able to milk it for a while.

Dextrous on November 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Finally, a fiscally conserative Democrat.

Chuckles3 on November 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM

AHEM, but with HIS money. Not ours unfortunately.

PappyD61 on November 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

This is such a non-story. Everyone knows a sex scandal is only resume-enhancement for d-Rats.

skidword on November 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Don’t really care about this–once again Drudge over-hypes and under-delivers–but I am glad this didn’t turn out to be a scandal involving a Republican politician (or someone connected to the Romney campaign.) As it is, the news networks will give the story 20 seconds if that and move on. If it had been a GOP scandal it would have been front page news across the country.

Shadow on November 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Bob Womenendez.

hillsoftx on November 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

This is the Mark Foley story of 2012. Single women in general will not like Obama playing “at o’boy” with Menendez on the Campaign trail. War on women, cheap war on women. Bob Beckel bounced a check on a prostitute back some years ago.

jjnco73 on November 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Seems like they were “Stiffed” twice.

countrybumpkin on November 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Threadwinnah!!!!

TASS71 on November 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Much as I’d like to see that slimy douchebag of a Senator out of office, this scandal will not do him in. For Pete’s sake, it’s New Jersey. Banging loose women is a state sport here, and underpaying them will only raise his street cred.

Archivarix on November 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

This is just too gross to imagine.

purgatory on November 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

This scandal out to knock his re-election lead down from 20% to somewhere in the 18% range. The people of NJ aren’t going to let a couple of hookers de-rail a Dem politician.

Happy Nomad on November 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

This is the Dem’s idea of giving back to the community

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Bob Womenendez.

hillsoftx on November 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Bob does Dominican denizens.

Dextrous on November 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I thought democrats were for a living wage.

Where is SEIU?

This is why we need unions – to protect prostitutes.

It’s not the deed, but the coverup. Did Menendez cover up?

Who paid for the trip?

huckleberryfriend on November 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

http://www.lvrj.com/news/obama-widens-lead-in-nevada-176737281.html
SurveyUSA
NV
Barry 50 Romney 46 Barry +4
MOE 2.9
Party ID
43 D/ 33 R/ Indie 25 , D+10
Among Indies
Romney 49 Barry 42 Romney +7

Will Menendez outsourcing NV jobs to DR tick off the Nevadans?
How much overweight will be needed, on the average, to manufacture a Barry ahead meme?

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

this scandal will not do him in.

Archivarix on November 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I scream (on the inside) when I hear this from our side.

Crank up the fake outrage machine, folks!

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The worst thing about these scandals is the unavoidable imagery that comes up in one’s head.

earlgrey133 on November 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Vote like your lady parts depend on it

portlandon on November 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

It certainly explains why he called for the Secret Service agents who did this to be fired. Gotta cover those tracks.

So he was no crusader for public probity. Just another case of Democratic projection.

Most prostitutes are exploited by human traffickers, which is exactly why the military under Bush was supposed to avoid prostitutes, since we were not supposed to feed the human trafficking industry.

Somehow, not at all surprising to find out that a Senator ignores such concerns.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Crank up the fake outrage machine, folks!

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Until and unless we master the cable channels and the papers, we can’t do squat. The conservatives are gradually getting ahold of their game on Twitter, but the official discourse is, unfortunately, owned lock stock and barrel by the donks.

Archivarix on November 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM

A film made him do it

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Seems like they were “Stiffed” twice.

countrybumpkin on November 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Stiffed as far as Menendez was concerned is pure speculation.

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Who are you going to believe? A whore or some women who have sex for money?

Fazman on November 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM

The real irony would be if Menendez chose his hookers from a binder full of women.

Happy Nomad on November 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Outsourcing American “jobs”.

Laura in Maryland on November 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM

http://www.lvrj.com/news/obama-widens-lead-in-nevada-176737281.html
SurveyUSA
NV
Barry 50 Romney 46 Barry +4
MOE 2.9
Party ID
43 D/ 33 R/ Indie 25 , D+10
Among Indies
Romney 49 Barry 42 Romney +7

Will Menendez outsourcing NV jobs to DR tick off the Nevadans?
How much overweight will be needed, on the average, to manufacture a Barry ahead meme?

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

D+10 and Barry is only up 4? I think Romney could get this state as well. BTW, I did a little searching and found this:

In 2008 the party ID breakdown in Nevada was D +8 and in 2004 it was R +4.

So this poll assumes a higher Dem turnout than even 2008.

Doughboy on November 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

That might not be that unfair if it was broken down to dollars per second.

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

How exactly did Tucker just happen to run across a couple of hookers? :)

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Fast & Furious

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Too bad this is way too late.

The media will have plenty of time to embargo this.

KingGold on November 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

How exactly did Tucker just happen to run across a couple of hookers? :)

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Because he is another Tucker on the prowl?

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Has ‘Bob’ lost the hooker vote? Maybe he thought he had short changed the girls and was only worth $100.

Kissmygrits on November 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The MSM won’t cover a US Ambassador getting killed by Muslim terrorists and the Obama administration lying about it. A Dem Senator paying for a hooker won’t even make the NYT last page. When Romney is elected President, this stuff will be all the rage again for the MSM.

TulsAmerican on November 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I wonder what Bobby’s sanctimonious, bomb-throwing, left-wing hack daughter Alicia thinks about his treatment of Hispanic women?

pain train on November 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Like democrats would care if a contract was broken.

astonerii on November 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

In 2008 the party ID breakdown in Nevada was D +8 and in 2004 it was R +4.

So this poll assumes a higher Dem turnout than even 2008.

Doughboy on November 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Survey USA polls are garbage, especially since their likely voter screen is essentially nonexistent. So not only did they oversample Democrats and undersample independents, but they actually did a poll of registered voters as opposed to likely voters which skews the poll even more towards Obama.

eyedoc on November 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

ZZZzzzzzzz

chumpThreads on November 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Obligatory joke: How do you make a hormone? (whore moan). Don’t pay her.

Of course he denies it, whether it’s true or not. What is he going to say, “no comment”?

Paul-Cincy on November 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Bayview
Everyday, everyday you beat me to the punch……..
You da man, or lady………

angrymike on November 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

this headline at AOSHQ cracked me up…

Outsourcing: Dominican Hookers Say Bob Menendez Stiffed Them On Payment for Sex
—Ace

workingclass artist on November 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Oh come on now ladies. Time to Lean Forward!

MikeA on November 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

ZZZzzzzzzz
chumpThreads on November 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

This isn’t a Benghazi thread, fool.

happytobehere on November 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Senator Robert Menendez and alleged trysts with hookers in the Dominican Republic

This sounds like outsourcing & offshoring at its worst!

What about the devastating impact this economy has had on hookers right here at home?

pain train on November 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

democrat war on sluts, hos, and free enterprise.

mittens on November 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

My my, hey hey.
Out of the blue
and into the black
They give you this,
but you pay for that
And once you’re gone,
you can never come back
When you’re out of the blue
and into the black.

—Neil Young

claudius on November 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

doesn’t this improve his chances of re-election in New Jersey?

Pork-Chop on November 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Um I bet NOT (if we ask the Dominican Hookers in Joisey!)

Katfish on November 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Man…

I wanted it to be Harry Reid.

Typhoon on November 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Who could have thunk Lily Ledbetter was just a soundbite to appeal to the dumbest, and not a way of life for Democrats?

MNHawk on November 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Alicia: “Daddy, did you plug that hole?”

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Nothing says “solid reporting” like anonymous hooker allegations.

Chriscom on November 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

hmmmm, maybe we’re reading this wrong.

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Snooki wasn’t available?

Bitter Clinger on November 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Fore Play Act

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

FIFY

predator on November 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Notice the hooker’s face the blocked because it would damage her reputation to be associated with Menendez.

BCrago66 on November 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Is he flying down there because the hookers in Jersey won’t have anything to do with him?

SagebrushPuppet on November 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM

the two women said they met Menendez around Easter

Dems have a funny way of celebrating Easter.

He is risen indeed.

faraway on November 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Another Dem stimulus package.

Maybe he can get in front of this by introducing legislation to give working girls the right to unionize as they have in a number of European countries.

Drained Brain on November 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

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