A New Jersey Democrat and member of the U.S. Senate who was “credibly accused” (in the parlance of our times) of underage prostitution and bribery is fighting to hang onto his seat while his Republican opponent surges.
“The race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey is a statistical dead heat, with incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez leading Republican challenger Bob Hugin by two percentage points, according to a Stockton University poll released today,” the school said.
“Menendez leads with 45 percent to Hugin’s 43 percent five weeks before the Nov. 6 election, according to poll numbers of likely voters who say they lean toward one candidate or the other,” according to the poll.
Eight percent of voters remain undecided.
Menendez has been embattled in a child prostitution and corruption scandal for much of his current Senate term, though he was recently acquitted of charges against him.
“The prostitution claims, first reported by The Daily Caller in 2012, suggested Menendez and his co-defendant on bribery charges, eye doctor and businessman Salomon Melgen, traveled to the Dominican Republic to have sex with prostitute,” according to U.S. News & World Report.
The last thing that Menendez wants is to answer for these heinous allegations in the context of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination hearings. Unlike the claims against Kavanaugh, claims against Menendez were corroborated, even though the government never pursued sex crime charges against him.
“Presented with specific, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, the Government responsibly and dutifully investigated those serious allegations,” prosecutors said.
Instead, the feds attempted to prosecute Menendez for corruption, claiming that he accepted bribes from Melgen in exchange for political favors.
Still, the standard has been set by Democrats. We have been told in light of the unprovable allegations against Kavanaugh, that whether or not claims can be proved holds no bearing on the claims themselves. Sex crimes are the only crimes in which the allegations alone equal guilt.
Will Democrats hold Menendez to the same standard which they are currently holding Kavanaugh when they enter the voting booth on Nov. 6?
Likely not. But as the latest polls indicate, Republicans just might.
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