The Company Sen. Sleaze-Bob Menendez Keeps

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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  • misternatural13

    come on, gang,chill out and give the guy a break
    actually, he was selflessly providing jobs for the underprivileged and downtrodden in a third world nation.
    he was “doing it for the children”
    never mind that it was at the same time he was “doing it TO the children”

  • Clara S

    I so enjoy reading Ms. Malkins' writings……………always to the point, and well researched. I would like to know what the Dominican Republic is going to do with that sort of 'port security'? If it jives with the other shadowy activities, we might be funding or helping to facilitate an underground smuggling ring…..of what? prostitutes maybe? Child trafficking is big business….

  • scum

    Malkin said Bob Menendez, but meant Rick Sheehy.

    • Mary Sue

      oh please, Sheehy is old news.

  • Mary Sue

    in other words, "Typical Democrats".

    • jakespoon

      He can always use the "Cheech and Chong" defence "Your Honor,I didn't know she was 13,hell,she looked 15."

  • Eva

    This a**hole was a principal at a school somewhere in Bergen County, NJ a while ago. Makes you wonder how many young female students he has called into his office – wink, wink. What a disgrace.

  • kafir4life

    So all Menendez did was rape underage girls? Big deal. The Lion of the Senate, Teddy Kennedy was schtuping an older girl that wasn't his wife, has the only confirmed kill in the war on women, and it only HELPED his career in the democrat party. Considering the state of the democrats, he'll be fine.

  • Ghostwriter

    I got a feeling this scandal's going to be a big one.

    • JacksonPearson

      Theoretically, if it were a republican, it'd be a huge scandal and MSM demands for a beheading. But democrats have a prepaid get out of jail pass. Menendez won't resign, he'll continue to lie, flip off the FBI and everyone that try to ask questions. Congressional ethics will eventually give him a slap on the wrist, and everyone will live happily ever after.

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