Republicans: Yeah, Menendez should probably be investigated for ethics violations
posted at 3:01 pm on November 12, 2012 by Katie Pavlich
Following up on the “obligatory sex scandal post,” New Jersey Republicans are asking for an investigation to be launched into newly reelected Senator Bob Menendez amidst recent allegations from hookers that he didn’t pay them enough. Although Republicans aren’t calling for an investigation into Menendez’s sex life, they do want to know if he violated rules surrounding gifts from rich donors.
New Jersey Republicans are accusing Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) of having violated Senate ethics rules by failing to disclose or seek Senate permission for air travel and lodging provided by a wealthy campaign donor.
The Middlesex County Republican Organization is asking the Senate Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into Menendez based on public records and media reports indicating the senator failed to disclose and seek permission for a series of flights to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic between 2010 and 2012.
Records indicate Menendez made at least four trips on a corporate jet owned by Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who has donated more than $220,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 1993. Melgen gave at least $12,600 to Menendez during that period.
“It does not appear that Senator Menendez’s apparent acceptance of private jet travel and luxury lodging was permitted by Senate gift rules,” the letter states. “Nor does it appear that Senator Menendez disclosed acceptance of this travel and lodging on his financial disclosure form—as he would be required to do even if the gifts were otherwise permissible.”
Menendez allegedly often used Melgen’s jet to fly to “Villa Melgen” in the Dominican Republic, where the men would allegedly engage in bunga bunga style sex parties with hookers, who they underpaid.