Posted on | February 5, 2013 | 22 Comments
Svitlana Buchyk: Robert Menendez denies having sex with her, too.
A couple of days ago, I got an anonymous e-mail tip to the effect that the real scandal is that Robert Menendez likes sex with young boys. I ignored this tip, figuring that the tipster was a Democrat operative trying to trick me into discrediting myself by reporting a dubious rumour.
You have to watch out for that stuff when you’re covering a heavy story like HookerGate. Remember, during the Anthony Weiner scandal, there was someone — or perhaps several people — trying to obscure the guilty truth by creating fake “girls” who claimed to have been romantically involved with the accused congressman. That whole “Betty and Veronica” distraction was obviously a trick I call the Reverse Ratfuck: Defend the guilty politician by deceptions that undermine the credibility of the accuser.
Hey, just incidentally, did I mention that Neal Rauhauser sent a Twitter message to Anthony Weiner Monday? But I digress . . .
Careful to avoid the Reverse Ratfuck, then, I ignored the anonymous e-mail accusing Menendez of pederasty as probably being a trick, until I saw the pained earnestness with which the New Jersey Democrat denied having banged any hookers in the Dominican Republic:
DANA BASH: One last question. Can you just answer the allegation that has been out there that you…
SEN. MENENDEZ: The smears?
BASH: … that you were with prostitutes there?
MENENDEZ: The smears that right-wing blogs have been pushing since the election. And that is totally unsubstantiated. It’s amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a Web site can drive that type of story into the mainstream. But that’s what they’ve done successful.
Now, nobody can find them. No one ever met them. No one ever talked to them, but that’s where we’re at. So the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false and, you know, that’s the bottom line.
Let me translate that for you:
“How dare you acccuse me — a suspiciously divorced Democrat who hasn’t been plausibly linked to any woman in a post-divorce romance — of desiring contact with the hot moist nether regions of a young Latina in a country where prostitution is legal!”
That is to say, the denial seems a bit too adamant and comprehensive. Not only does Menendez deny having done the dirty deed with illegally young hookers, he denies doing any hookers at all, as if his only reason for visiting the Dominican Republic was to relax in the warm Caribbean sun with an iced rum cocktail or two.
Dana Bash somehow managed to keep from laughing out loud during that interview, but she must have been rolling her eyes at this denial. The country has a “reputation as a hub for sex tourism.” What McDonald’s is to cheeseburgers, the Dominican Republic is to hired poontang.
It would be very strange if anyone — especially a New Jersey Democrat — went to the Dominican Republic and didn’t bang a hooker.
Are you kidding me? Elton John would hit that.
Anderson Cooper would hit that.
Liberace would hit that, and he’s been dead for 26 years.
Assuming that Sen. Robert Menendez is still physiologically capable of achieving an erection, you’re damned right he’d hit it.
However, I’m not sure Menendez ever had a shot at Svitlana. My reading of the “Peter Williams” e-mails and the Miami Herald story is that Svitlana was Dr. Melgen’s mistress — his “kept woman” — rather than a random call girl, so the hot blonde Russian probably functioned as a sort of hostess at the (alleged) Dominican sex parties where Menendez (allegedly) banged at least six different hookers.
Well, these are all just “allegations,” and it may turn out to be proven that Robert Menendez has zero interest in banging hot Latina call-girls, because his interests are more pederastic in nature. But why indulge in perverse speculation about whether Menendez is into “twinks,” when the Neutral Objective Facts are so doggone fascinating?
Prostitution is both legal and widespread in the Dominican Republic, where as many as 100,000 women are part of the industry in a nation that has become a major sex-tourism hotspot of the Caribbean. So it would not be a crime for Sen. Robert Menendez to have availed himself of such services during his trips to the Dominican Republic, as has been alleged.
Menendez has strenuously denied patronizing prostitutes, however, denouncing the accusations Monday in a CNN interview as“smears that right-wing blogs have been pushing since the election.” Any claim that Menendez consorted with hookers during his Dominican holidays “is totally unsubstantiated,” the New Jersey Democrat said. “It’s amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a Web site can drive that type of story into the mainstream.”
Alas, the senator’s indignant denial is false. That is to say, the “individuals on a Web site” who are driving “that type of story” are neither anonymous, nameless nor faceless. The reporter who originally broke the Menendez story is Matthew Boyle, a young investigative journalist who made a name for himself at the Daily Caller before hiring on more recently at Breitbart.com. Boyle is brash and aggressive — perhaps occasionally, a bit too aggressive — but there is nothing“anonymous” or “faceless” about him. Neither, for that matter, can that description be applied to Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald, or Neil Munro of the Daily Caller or any of the other reporters who have been breaking stories about the Menendez scandal in the past week, since the FBI raided the Palm Beach, Florida, offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen.
Melgen has been a generous political contributor to Menendez’s campaign, and reportedly donated more than $60,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during Menendez’s tenure as DSCC chairman. Melgen is an affluent eye doctor and businessman whose friendship with Menendez dates back to the 1990s, and the New Jersey senator has admitted that he flew to the Dominican Republic aboard Melgen’s private jet. Exactly what Menendez did during his stays at Melgen’s mansion at Casa de Campo, a seaside luxury resort development, is a matter of dispute. At least one Dominican prostitute reportedly said last year that Menendez participated in a series of sex parties arranged by Melgen. “That senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,” the woman said in an April e-mail forwarded by the tipster and translated by the Daily Caller. The woman, whose services were reportedly acquired through an escort service called“The Doll Palace,” wrote that she had three trysts with Menendez in 2009: “The first one in February, and then in May and June. I recall his visit in June so well because that month was my 17th birthday.”
This is certainly a serious allegation because, while prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, having sex with 16-year-olds is definitely against the law. Yet Menendez insists that he never had sex with anyone at any time during his Dominican trips. “Now, nobody can find [the prostitutes],” Menendez told CNN’s Bash in their Monday interview. “No one ever met them. No one ever talked to them, but that’s where we’re at. So the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false and, you know, that’s the bottom line.”
Again, however, the Menendez denial is false. Matthew Boyle says he interviewed two of the women last year, and Boyle is adamant in his belief that these accusers were telling the truth. This presents a rather tricky dilemma for any journalist: Who is more trustworthy, a Dominican prostitute or a New Jersey Democrat? . . .
- Feb. 4: Svitlana Buchyk: Mystery Woman in Menendez HookerGate Scandal
- Feb. 4: HookerGate: What Did @AliciaMenendez Know, and When Did She Know It?
- Feb. 4: Dominican Prostitute in Menendez Scandal Says They Were ‘Very Mistreated’
- Feb. 4: HookerGate: Miami Herald Confirms Elements of Menendez Prostitute Story
- Feb. 2: Billion With a ‘B’: Did Menendez Provide Special Favors to HookerGate Donor?
- Jan. 31: If You Don’t Think ‘Jailbait Hookers’ Is Headline News, You Don’t Know News
- Jan. 30: HookerGate: Is FBI Raid Connected to Menendez’s Dominican Jailbait Scandal?
- Nov. 1: KYRILLOS CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO MENENDEZ SEX ACCUSATIONS
- Oct. 31: BOB MENENDEZ AND HOOKERS?