Every Democrat campaign narrative has simultaneously detonated in the face of Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is not only allegedly outsourcing his prostitute consumption to the Dominican Republic, and living like a One Percenter at a lavish 7,000-acre resort, but also underpaying these hard-working women by 80 percent. It is not yet known if he selected his prostitutes from a binder full of women, forced other people to pay for his contraceptives, or used money earmarked for PBS to pay them.
According to a story broken by Matt Boyle at the Daily Caller, two ladies of the evening appeared with a translator and a lawyer to tell a sordid tale of a man they knew as “Bob” jetting down to the pricey Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic around Easter, and hiring them to re-enact the entire “War on Women”:
One woman said Menendez wooed her with compliments like ???beautiful??? before they slept together. The other woman recounted, with apparent bitterness, receiving from an intermediary only $100 of the $500 she had been promised.
???He lies,??? she said of Menendez. ???He says one thing and does another.???
According to the translator???s summary, Menendez ???was nice at first, but then later he did not seem to care about her.???
Menendez is 58 years old, divorced, and currently up for re-election. Up until now, he has been heavily favored (by 18 to 20 points) over Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos. He is indeed known as a frequent visitor to the Dominican Republic, flew there for a couple of days on Easter Sunday, and according to Boyle’s research, has stayed at Casa de Campo at least once, as the guest of a big-bucks donor. Menendez’ spokeswoman refused to discuss the allegations and called them “completely false.”
Was Bob Menendez an outspoken critic of the Secret Service’s misadventures with hookers in Columbia? Did he loudly call for heads to roll? You bet he did!
Given Menendez’ huge lead in the polls, the effect of Hurricane Sandy upon local politics, the media’s probable disinterest in making a big deal out of this story, and the source being anonymous prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, it probably won’t end the Senator’s career. But it will be somewhat amusing to watch the gatekeepers of the “War On Women” narrative explain why it doesn’t matter. The real answer, of course, is that Democrat Party affiliation is perfect insulation against all charges of “hypocrisy” and “insensitivity.” Vote the right way, and it doesn’t matter if you’re suspected of partying with rich donors, doing business with foreign prostitutes, or underpaying your female staff.
Update: The Daily Caller has a statement from Menendez’ opponent, New Jersey state senator Joe Kyrillos, delivered through spokeswoman Meaghan Cronin: “Like the recent Secret Service sex scandal in Colombia, the allegations reported today are deeply disturbing and raise serious questions. 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.” Thus far, the Menendez camp does not seem terribly eager to release those travel documents.