Posted on | November 1, 2012 | 13 Comments
The campaign of Joe Kyrillos, New Jersey Republican candidate for Senate, has issued a statement regarding the accusations that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) had sex with prostitutes during trips to the Dominican Republic:
“Like the recent Secret Service sex scandal in Colombia, the allegations reported today are deeply disturbing and raise serious questions,” said Kyrillos Campaign Communications Director Meaghan Cronin. “Senator Menendez must do the right thing and help settle this matter by immediately releasing his schedule and travel documents from the time the alleged incidents occurred. The people of New Jersey deserve answers today.”
In a brief telephone conversation, Ms. Cronin said the Kyrillos campaign had no forewarning of the Menendez scandal: “We were as shocked as everybody else.”
UPDATE: Kerry Picket of The Washington Times reminds us how Menendez responded to accusations that Secret Service agents had sex with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia: “If the facts are true, they should all be fired. The reality is is that the secret service not only protects the president of the United States, they represent the United States of America. They were on duty. If the facts are true as we are reading in the press, they shouldn’t have a job.”
Veteran Republican operative Roger Stone predicts, “More hookers engaged by Sen. Bob Menendez will surface shortly,” and adds this accusation: “Menendez fundraiser/donor imported hookers from Miami for Sen. Bob Menendez.” If Stone is correct, it would appear that the allegations reported by Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller are part of a larger pattern of behavior by the New Jersey Democrat.
UPDATE II: While mocking the video interview with the prostitutes posted at the Daily Caller, Betsy Rothstein of Fishbowl DC writes:
Come on, when does a Washington sex scandal stop being entertaining? Just about never.
This is an important point: Sex scandals have a sort of intrinsic readership value that tends to negate the usual liberal bias of journalists. And the fact that Menendez is from New Jersey makes this story of interest to the always scandal-hungry New York tabloid press.