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100,000 Hookers vs. the Alleged Heterosexuality of Robert Menendez

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.

The common-sense factor must be considered here. Let’s just take a look at the Daily Caller’s gallery of Svitlana Buchyk photos and apply the reliable Ace of Spades test: “Would you hit it?”

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 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? . . .

Please read the whole thing at The American Spectator.





22 Responses to “100,000 Hookers vs. the Alleged Heterosexuality of Robert Menendez”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 5th, 2013 @ 12:11 pm
  2. rosalie
    February 5th, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    “Who is more trustworthy, a Dominican prostitute or a New Jersey Democrat?”
    No contest. The prostitute, of course.

  3. matthew w
    February 5th, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo, alleged pederast Reid is standing behind the NJ lout?????


  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 5th, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Maybe Dingy Harry rode on that jet too?

  5. M. Thompson
    February 5th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    The other option is for a politician to admit they have sex with women of negotiable affection, and then ask the reporters if they’d like to join.

    Yes, it’s a refuge in audacity, but it might confuse their opponents in to defeat.

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 5th, 2013 @ 1:28 pm
  7. Adjoran
    February 5th, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Menendez may have meant no one can find those girls NOW. Odd things happen to witnesses against holders of high office in New Jersey (and probably Dominican Republic, too).

    But I don’t see the point. His denials were of consorting with prostitutes, period. Underaged male prostitutes are still prostitutes. If he referred to the females, it might be just because those were the ones quoted in the press.

    In any event, I suppose congratulations are in order for NOT falling into the trap of reporting on underage boys. You’ve completely avoided that one.

  8. ThomasD
    February 5th, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    The entire island of Hispaniola is known for the sex trade, and has been for decades. It just depends on whether your tastes run to milk or dark chocolate to which side you travel.

  9. richard mcenroe
    February 5th, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    I for one always spend tens of thousands of dollars flying to places with no other real attraction other than its hookers and the fact it was the last place the P-51 Mustang saw combat, flying against US troops during our invasion in LBJ’s day, just to prove my chastity.

  10. richard mcenroe
    February 5th, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    I suspect it would be a conjunction almost as awkward as some of Senator Menendez’s.

  11. richard mcenroe
    February 5th, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    And your preferred flavor of untreatable infection.

  12. WyBlog - To be fair, pretty much everybody is "nameless and faceless" to a hotshot Senator like Bob Menendez
    February 5th, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    To be fair, pretty much everybody is “nameless and faceless” to a hotshot Senator like Bob Menendez…

    Unless you’re Svitlana Buchyk of course. I guarantee Bob remembers her name and her face. But the rest of us? The little people? Bob’s contempt, it is obvious….

  13. jsn2
    February 5th, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    “What McDonald’s is to cheeseburgers, the Dominican Republic is to hired poontang.”

    Wouldn’t a better analogy be Waffle House waffles instead of McDonald’s cheeseburgers?

  14. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 5th, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Soylent Green Blog might consider sponsoring its own special cruise to some hot spots in the Caribbean (or alternatively Thailand).

  15. ReaganiteRepublican
    February 5th, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    That’s some headline- even for you, epic

  16. G Joubert
    February 5th, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    I say if and when all is known, sex will not be the res of this story. Way too much dinero up for grabs. How was it that William Goldman put it? Oh yeah, follow the money.

  17. fritz
    February 5th, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    I don’t see a denial there. He says the allegations are “unsubstantiated”, not untrue. We should be accustomed to democrats and lawyers splitting hairs. Bill Clinton “did not have sex with that woman” because in his lingo, foreplay, cunnilingus and fellatio weren’t really “sex.”

  18. WJJ Hoge
    February 5th, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    This story looks like the intersection of your Rule 5 with Alinsky’s.

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    February 5th, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    Fortunately, I’m just being tardy. This week’s Rule 5 SundayTuesday is up!

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