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Reckless Speculation: The Sex Scandal (UPDATE: Bob Menendez?)

posted at 10:22 pm on October 31, 2012 by

As AP notes on the blog, we’re in watch and wait mode, with some very sordid details emerging over at Ace.  Anyone care to place comments section bets on which US Senator is about to have a bad day?

UPDATE – I’m now hearing from several sources that the Senator in question is likely New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez.  If this information pans out (there are apparently documents and possibly even a video involved), I’ll offer further commentary.  In the meantime, I’ll simply say that based on unconfirmed reports, this is not a run-of-the-mill sex scandal by any means.

UPDATE II – Getting waaaay ahead of ourselves here (the thread is called “reckless speculation” after all), but under NJ law, the governor would appoint a new US Senator in the event of a vacancy.

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Don’t know, can we ask Gloria Alred? Oh wait..

kringeesmom on October 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Kerry

The Notorious G.O.P on October 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Whoever it is, I sure hope there is a lot of evidence backing up the claims and not just a couple of hookers telling their story. The last thing that needs to happen is have claims made that either cannot be proven or that have very little evidence.

thphilli on October 31, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Franken

Northwoods on October 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Reckless Feckless Speculation: The Sex Scandal

Lanceman on October 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Has my stupid state found a way to put Eliot Spitzer back in office again?

Really, not yet? How ’bout Anthony Weiner?

Well then I got nothin’

Gingotts on October 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I could only hope for Durban the Turban.

usedtobeinmich on October 31, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Blumy. With a nickname like that it’s gotta be.

stout77 on October 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Reposted from the main thread:

I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Sheldon Whitehouse of RI, he’s pretty smarmy. But this story is apparently about a prominent Democratic Senator, and Whitehouse doesn’t really fit there. Chuck Schumer was the first name to come to mind, he has a history of getting involved with his staff’s personal lives, being quite the matchmaker. It wouldn’t be out of character for him to matchmake himself too.

Bill Nelson could be a possibility too, Sherrod Brown isn’t high profile enough I don’t think. Kerry wouldn’t do it because to do so would jeopardize his ticket to wealth via his wife, Harry Reid doesn’t seem the type to me.

Baucus comes to mind too, but I’d be pretty surprised. Dick Blumenthal is definitely smarmy enough to do it, and he’s already lied about serving in Vietnam, this is totally something he’d do.

vegconservative on October 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Anyone care to place comments section bets on which US Senator is about to have a bad day?

You first.

jaime on October 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Please God not Harry Reid.

strictnein on October 31, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I hope it’s that imp Chucky Schmuck Schummer. He needs to leave Washington ASAP.

jawkneemusic on October 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Dick Durbin.

…with Anthony Weiner.

Stoic Patriot on October 31, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Hmmm… Current Senator, or FORMER Senator? BO is a former Senator…

climbnjump on October 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

It’s Senator Menendez from NJ…. on a taxpayer funded trip to the Dominican ….possibly an UNDERAGE hooker…

dforston on October 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Menendez can now be called Senator Bunga Bunga

dforston on October 31, 2012 at 11:23 PM

I hope this isn’t a continuation of the “Harry Reid is a pederast” meme. Not because I find it really unbelievable or anything, but because unless there’s hard evidence it would make us look bad in the last days of the campaign.

Mr. Prodigy on October 31, 2012 at 11:37 PM

It’s Senator Menendez from NJ…. on a taxpayer funded trip to the Dominican ….possibly an UNDERAGE hooker…

dforston on October 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

This is NJ we’re talking about… he’ll probably win a bigger majority than last time.

Republican on October 31, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Franken

Northwoods on October 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM

God, I almost ralphed all over my keyboard…DON’T DO THAT!

Actually, one name I’ve haven’t seen tossed around was Dingy Harry…now, wouldn’t THAT be both ironic AND a stomach turner?

BlaxPac on October 31, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Dally Caller + Drudge, sorry I fell for this last time with their ‘game-changing’ Obama video.

/yawn

blue13326 on October 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM

God, I almost ralphed all over my keyboard…DON’T DO THAT!

Actually, one name I’ve haven’t seen tossed around was Dingy Harry…now, wouldn’t THAT be both ironic AND a stomach turner?

Well Drudge says “powerful” so that rules out Franken unless he means powerful stupid.

I’m starting to lean toward Chuck U

Northwoods on October 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Check the Daily Caller at Midnight Eastern Time

That’s 5 minutes from the moment I posted this

dforston on October 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM

UPDATE – I’m now hearing from several sources that the Senator in question is likely New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez.

Interesting update.

Guy: Just a question; does the NJ Governor have the power to appoint another Senator if one is removed from office or otherwise can’t serve?

If so, then its more likely that’s the real reason Team O was in the Garden State, rather than surveying flood damage (ie: photo op).

BlaxPac on October 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Did Fredo arrange this?

Seth Halpern on November 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

That’s as late of an ‘October Suprise’ as it gets. But they’ve cut it too close, especially with the storm blanking so much power in New Jersey, and with this early voting bullshit. Between power outtages and liberal media collusion, word won’t get out to an appreciable percentage of the New Jersey electorate.

Menendez is barely polling 50% in his race for re-election to the Senate. His GOP competitor is polling 35-38%, with a couple other kooks on the ballot.
Menendez is a Democrat, so we know he won’t resign. This is just too damned late to matter much IMAO.

rayra on November 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Menendez is running for election and is currently way ahead. In theory he could resign, be re-elected next Tuesday, and take his seat again in January and go completely without Senate censure of any sort. Any appointment by Christie would be effective only until January if Menendez resigns before Tuesday’s election.

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:08 AM

darn, daily caller still has nothing. hurry up. XD

Sachiko on November 1, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Please, Drudge, do not over-hype this, as you have over-hyped certain other stories not too long ago.

Assuming the Senator implicated is Menendez (nothing from Daily Caller yet), I struggle to see how Menendez is a “powerful” Senator. I am not from NJ and never even heard of him until seeing this HotAir piece.

The last thing we need is another media distraction from the more critical issues our nation is facing right now – Romney’s surge in the polls and the lingering questions about Benghazi, to name a couple.

OneVision on November 1, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Yes but the question is can we trust and depend on Crispy Creme Christie to appoint a conservative? He refused to join the lawsuit against the Feds in regards to ObamaCare.

jawkneemusic on November 1, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Okay, so on the off-chance that Menendez actually resigns before the election if it’s him, pretty much a lock that Christie would appoint Kyrillos then. Or does he play all bi-partisan and avoid appointing anybody until after the election?

Gingotts on November 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

If Menendez resigns before the election and Kyrillos is appoited, that appointment would last only until January if Menendez is re-elected. Resigning from THIS Congress doesn’t prevent election to the NEXT Congress. What it does is prevents any Senate censure because he resigned in this Congress. Being re-elected in the next one, he starts over with a clean slate.

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

If Menendez resigns before the election and Kyrillos is appoited, that appointment would last only until January if Menendez is re-elected. Resigning from THIS Congress doesn’t prevent election to the NEXT Congress. What it does is prevents any Senate censure because he resigned in this Congress. Being re-elected in the next one, he starts over with a clean slate.

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

True but how miserable does New Jersey have to be in order for a sitting Senator to resign in disgrace but get re-elected five days later?

NJ voters have a lot on their minds right now, but to be hearing just snippets of non-recovery-related news and for those to be “underage prostitiutes” along with “resignation” then that stamps “guilty” on his forehead very hard. I’d like to think even New Jersey wouldn’t embarrass themselves then. It took a lot less for Massachusetts to reject a Democrat, even if it does only turn out to be for a couple of years.

Gingotts on November 1, 2012 at 12:23 AM

possibly even a video involved

Noooooo thank you.

LukeinNE on November 1, 2012 at 12:24 AM

If Menendez resigns before the election and Kyrillos is appoited, that appointment would last only until January if Menendez is re-elected. Resigning from THIS Congress doesn’t prevent election to the NEXT Congress. What it does is prevents any Senate censure because he resigned in this Congress. Being re-elected in the next one, he starts over with a clean slate.

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

If there’s criminal charges, and there might be if this isn’t our ordinary run of the mill sex scandal, then he should be toast either way.

Daemonocracy on November 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

As if he would resign.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM

True but how miserable does New Jersey have to be in order for a sitting Senator to resign in disgrace but get re-elected five days later?

Do you think word would filter out in five days? Much of NJ still doesn’t have any power. If the radio stations don’t cover it, nobody is going to know. Internet is down for most of them, how are they going to know?

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Speculation is that it involves underage hookers. That might be enough to do it. Age of consent in Dominican Republic is 18. He might be in some hot water with the authorities there if that is true.

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Does it really matter? If it’s a Republican, the press (and the RNC) will hang him (or her) from the yardarm. If it’s a Dimm, the press (and the DNC) will say “it’s not a big deal.”

Hammie on November 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Even if he wins….Dominican hookers? He’ll be forced out. Ensign, Weiner, Spitzer.

LukeinNE on November 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

N. J. would probably want Corzine put back in.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Do you think word would filter out in five days? Much of NJ still doesn’t have any power. If the radio stations don’t cover it, nobody is going to know. Internet is down for most of them, how are they going to know?

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Though I agree that Sandy throws a big monkey-wrench into it, remember that those more likely to be able to go to the polls as normal would also be those in areas with the most intact infrastructure and ability to hear about this.

Beyond that, I’m also picturing people not in great shape, but sitting around with the battery operated radio still on, listening for the latest news as to power restoration, or word from Christie on recovery efforts. With the hourly news comes constant repetition of “prostitute” “underage” and “resignation.” We aren’t completely useless without Internet. Word still gets around.

Gingotts on November 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Age of consent in Dominican Republic is 18. …
crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Please tell me you didn’t have the age of consent in the Dominican Republic memorized!

topdog on November 1, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,and thats who that was, at the presser today,with Hopey and Christie!!

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Menendez Sex Scandal 10/31/2012
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A Halloween shocker for you. Sources close to the Daily Caller are allegedly stating that New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez has been caught in a sex scandal. He allegedly used tax payer money to use Dominican prostitutes. Making the rumors even worse is the assertion that the prostitutes were underage.

http://www.punditpress.com/

canopfor on November 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

canopfor on November 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Secret Service Agent wannabe.

mouell on November 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Please tell me you didn’t have the age of consent in the Dominican Republic memorized!

No, I looked it up when I heard speculation that it was underaged hookers. I wanted to see what “underaged” is in Dominican Republic because some countries South of the border have ages of consent that are pretty low. “Underaged” in Columbia, for example, would be younger than 12. That’s pretty sick.

crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Please tell me you didn’t have the age of consent in the Dominican Republic memorized!

topdog on November 1, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Giggity?

Gingotts on November 1, 2012 at 12:52 AM

No, I looked it up
crosspatch on November 1, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I don’t know whether to be relieved or disappointed.

topdog on November 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM

@KatiePavlich: “Oh god. Bill Clinton in the “friend” circle on this sex scandal.”

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 1:00 AM

@KatiePavlich: “Oh god. Bill Clinton in the “friend” circle on this sex scandal.”

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 1:00 AM

If it’s Menendez that would make sense, I think he is in the Clintons’ circle and Bubba campaigned for him, even fundraised with him this past summer.

jimver on November 1, 2012 at 1:12 AM

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