Democratic Senator Bob Menendez blamed conservatives for his ethics scandals, framing them as a racial attack on him because of his Hispanic heritage. “I have felt the sting of discrimination,” he told approximately 300 worshipers at a church service celebrating Black History Month. ”It has never been easy.”
“Now we face anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals from right-wing sources seeking to destroy a lifetime of work,” Menendez said at Shiloh Baptist Church. “And their smears are false. I have worked too hard and too long in the vineyards, too long with my hands, for the harvest to be soured.”
Menendez cloaked himself in the language of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “Dr. King said that ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,’” Menendez said. “In the end, I believe that justice will overcome the forces of darkness.”
The Daily Caller has reported that a long-time female escort identified Menendez as a former customer who paid for sex, and who has been an active “hobbyist” in the sex trade since at least 2008.
The allegations that Menendez has paid for sex have persistented since TheDC interviewed two Dominican prostitutes last November who also identified the New Jersey Democrat as a man they were paid to sleep with. Then a new round of prostitution allegations surfaced in late January, in the form of unconfirmed reports in a file of emails. Those documents included the accounts of two women who said they were 16 years old when their sexual contact with Menendez began.
The PROTECT Act of 2003, a federal law that Menendez voted for when he was a member of the House of Representatives, made it a felony for Americans to engage in illicit sex with minors anywhere in the world, even in countries where prostitution is legal and the age of consent is younger than 18.We live in a country where we believe deeply in the axiom that “a person is innocent until proven guilty” and the Senator has not even been indicted let alone convicted. That combined with the fact that politics these days has become such a dirty back-stabbing business that you cannot rule out the possibility that they have and are playing a major role in this affair (no pun intended). Having said that, another axiom comes to mind: “Where there is smoke, there is fire”. That axiom is not always true, but in my experience it very often is.
Playing the race card the way he has chosen to do tends to make me think there is very likely fire behind that smoke….
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