Bob Menendez’s Babes That Could Bring Down The Senator.

Karma Hits Robert Menendez, The Republican Senator In Democratic Clothing And President Obama’s “FRENEMY,” That Continually Works With the GOP Against Obama

[Source New York Post] Sen. Robert Menendez mobilized his staff to secure a visa for a Brazilian actress who posed nude on the cover of Sexy magazine; he stepped up for a sultry Ukrainian student who wanted a plastic-surgery consult; and he directed a staff member to “call Ambassador asap” in order to reverse a visa denial to a 22-year-old Dominican model.



The young women were all paramours of Dr. Salomon Melgen, 60, a married eye doctor and one of Menendez’s biggest donors, prosecutors charge. The New Jersey Democrat’s efforts on behalf of Melgen’s lovers came to light in a 68-page indictment against the two men unsealed this month. Menendez is accused of using his power and influence to benefit Melgen in exchange for almost $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions.

If convicted, Menendez faces up to 15 years in prison on each of eight bribery counts alone. Both men have pleaded not guilty.



The senator is also accused of trying to influence a State Department official on Melgen’s behalf in a dispute involving one of the doctor’s business interests in the Dominican Republic. Prosecutors also say Menendez and his staff tried to help Melgen in a Medicare billing conflict. Melgen was charged with Medicaid fraud last week in a separate 76-count indictment.



But the strangest aspect of the government’s case focuses on Menendez’s Herculean efforts to build Melgen’s harem. No fewer than six Senate staffers acted with a sense of urgency to get the job done.


[Source Newsweek] Now, Menendez famously finds himself at odds with a president with a very different world view. After all, President Barack Obama grew up in multicultural Hawaii where, unlike Jersey, beaches outnumber RICO investigations. It’s a president who came to national office on the anti-war side of his party and expounding the view that dialogue with Iran and Cuba and other enemies would lead to good things, and implicitly suggesting that his work as a bridge-builder in the Illinois state Senate and at the Harvard Law Review made him uniquely qualified to repair the breach between the U.S. and the rest of the post-Bush world.


Those two worldviews are now in clear conflict. As the Obama administration tries to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by next month and as it initiates a dramatic opening to Cuba, it finds itself on the opposite side of Menendez, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The roads to containing Iran, producing a war resolution against the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, arming Ukraine—each of these goes through the committee where the president would understandably prefer a yes man leading the Democrats but instead gets a fighter. In recent days, The New York Timesand other news outlets have shone a spotlight on Menendez, the thorn in Obama’s side, which makes sense. The two even had a tiff at a Democratic retreat last month when Obama urged sanctions supporters to put politics aside. Menendez said it was principle. No drinks were thrown, but it wasn’t good.


The biggest issue between the two men now is Iran. Menendez backs stronger sanctions—something the Obama administration has vowed to veto, insisting that such measures would scuttle the sensitive negotiations with Tehran. Menendez and Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican, agreed to back off a vote until March to give the negotiations more time. But the talks have dragged on before and it’s likely that the showdown between Menendez and the president has only been postponed.

So the opposition between Obama, 53, and Menendez, 61, is real, ideological and serious. But it’s more nuanced than the press lets on and more revealing about both the Senate and presidency. “It’s not a simple story,” says one insider.


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