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Malkin: The Company Sen. Bob Menendez Keeps

By Michelle Malkin

Put on your shocked faces: Since my bipartisan call last week for Democratic women to join the Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob movement, not a single Democratic woman in Washington has signed up. Here's the thing. The brewing scandal involving N.J. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is not just a "sex scandal." It's a crony corruption scandal of sordid, soap operatic proportions.

Maybe if Menendez were a contestant on "The Bachelor," he'd finally command more widespread female attention. For their part, the Democratic women on Capitol Hill seem as uninterested in the alleged exploitation of underage prostitutes as they are in cozy donor deals, tax evasion and Medicare fraud.

Shady Menendez campaign contributor and BFF Salomon Melgen is the high-flying eye doctor at the center of the senior senator's ills. Melgen is owner of the Casa de Campo resort home where he and Menendez reportedly engaged in sexual romps with a bevy of Dominican escorts, including at least one minor girl. In his latest statement on the matter Monday, Menendez repeated his blanket denials of any wrongdoing, recycled his attack on conservative media reporting the story and labeled accounts of the alleged island sex parties "smears."

While his lips keep denying, his actions smack of lying. Last week, he sheepishly disclosed that he had just reimbursed Melgen in January of this year for nearly $60,000 in expenses tied to two of three private jet trips to the Dominican Republic in 2010 -- which he had never admitted taking before. Senate rules require prior approval of such private jet travel and luxury lodging. Senate rules also require financial disclosure of such gifts after approval.

Menendez ignored all the rules, blamed his staff and now wheedles that the matter simply "fell through the cracks."

But you know what didn't fall through the cracks? A special multimillion-dollar port security contract Melgen wanted with the Dominican Republic. The politically connected ophthalmologist -- who forked over $700,000 to help Menendez and other Democrats get re-elected last cycle -- has zero experience in port security. But Menendez used a Senate hearing last summer to lobby for enforcement of the contract Melgen's company has with the Dominican government.

Menendez also met with officials from the Obama State and Commerce departments on the matter, though he was careful not to mention Melgen by name. One of Menendez's longtime senior legislative aides, Pedro Pablo Permuy, will be in charge of operations, according to Melgen's cousin and legal mouthpiece Vinicio Castillo Seman. The contract is estimated to be worth up to $1 billion over the next 20 years, according to The Miami Herald.

How do you say "crony government" in Spanish? Know-nothing Menendez denies any knowledge of his veteran aide's involvement with the company, of course. Or rather, his lips have issued another in a long line of denials.

Wait, there's more. While Melgen shelled out millions to Menendez and the Democratic Party over the years, he is a serial tax evader. The jet-setting doc incurred liens of $1.3 million before 2002, $6.2 million in 2011, and a still outstanding $11.1 million lien between 2006 and 2009. And the FBI and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- not a part of the "right-wing" blogosphere the last time I checked -- are now sifting through boxes of documents they carted away during last week's raid of Melgen's offices as part of a Medicare fraud investigation.

The feds finally acted after a document shredding truck was spotted outside Melgen's clinic. I think it's safe to say a "right-wing blog" didn't send it.

So far, the magical "D" after Sen. Sleaze-Bob's name has conferred supernatural immunity upon him. New Jersey Democrats are AWOL. Liberal columnists for the nation's fishwraps of record remain uninterested. David Letterman was too busy trading fat jokes with donut-munching N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stubbornly clung to his assertion this week that Menendez "did nothing wrong."

But the mountains of Things Menendez Should Have Known But Conveniently Overlooked and Things Menendez Should Have Done But Conveniently Forgot just keep growing. My invitation to Democratic women on Capitol Hill to join Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob still stands. Guess it must have fallen through the cracks.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  1. my04301933Comment by my04301933
    February 6, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    Go gettum Michelle!

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  2. WarpfieldComment by Warpfield
    February 6, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Funny, had this been a Republican, he would have stepped down already. Not so much with the immoral Demoncrat party.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      February 6, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      More proof, that any crime, any murder, any misdeed, any LIE, any sign of flat line intelligence, any treason… is all forgiven by the LEFT. Russia’s PRAVDA, calls them Communists. The LEFT has an agenda for total power and so, Democrat Menendez is not really a problem.

      What is troublesome, is that so many in The Republican Party will call Menendez, “A good friend…bla bla bla” The same Republicans that have given The Fraud legitimacy to OCCUPY the Oval Office.

      Malkin knows this, and it must drive her crazy. It does me!

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  3. jtofnjComment by jtofnj
    February 6, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    With all the attention on Sleeze-Bob’s Foreign Relations, seems as if everyone has forgotten about his issue with illegal immigrant sex offenders “working” in his office:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/12/govt-arrests-illegal-immigrant-senate-intern-for-menendez/

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  4. buffaloComment by buffalo
    February 6, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Why would you expect Democrat women to be against any Democrat politician when they have undying love for a serial rapist who was our previous Democrat president? When they endorse by their silence Sharia law and the virtual enslavement of millions of women in Islamic lands? Far, far too many women seem to base their political decisions on the politicians who promise them free contraceptives, free abortions and the promise of unending free government support. What ever has happened to the concept of personal responsibility??

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  5. mysticComment by mystic
    February 6, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Great Post…and Ms. Malkin has yet again ‘nailed’ another story to her wall. Love it!

    Seeing as the worst allegations are yet unproved..lets focus just on a two year due bill of 60 grand (what many of us barely make in a year for a family of four)..just that alone, makes me look with clear seeing eye’s that this man was handpicked to fit right into the city of corruption; Washington DC. I could care a whit what gender, color or culture you hail from…you sleaze ball out, your a gonn’er…or should be.

    Not so these past years, that is if your a democrat. Republican’s…now we are talking a whole new brand of punishment that is reserved for those not hand in pocket for helping Obama re frame our America.

    Toe Tapping, hiring a adult escort, being in a gay relationship while married and lying to the American public about it…all have had the heavy handed whipping heat from MSM’s and dems.You put the shoe on the other foot..and all of a sudden it’s a ‘fall through the crack’ situation…or ‘I mis-spoke’ (one of my favorites.)

    ~M

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  6. MNEComment by MNE
    February 6, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Perhaps it is time for Michelle to take her information to the women on “The View”. They are so politically astute and they do have the ear of so many women viewers. They surely will care about Menendez’s misbehavior outside of his government office as well as the law breaking within his elected position.

    Go get him, Michelle!

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  7. vevaComment by veva
    February 6, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    Is Michelle the only source of reporting the extent of the corruption among Democrats in Congress? Her articles seem well researched, data and sources provided. We need to donate to a source that trains journalists like her!

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