Editorial Pages Skewer Bob Menendez Over Prostitution Scandal

They lite up on the Senator. No not thoseeditorial pages, but the ones that still have journalists, few in number that is, though.

The editorial boards of three newspapers have so far weighed in with statements about the scandal surrounding Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, who allegedly slept with prostitutes — at least one of whom was underage — during a series of trips to the Dominican Republic. And the consensus for Menendez is not good.

Menendez “has lots of explaining to do,” The Asbury Park Press editorialized on Feb. 1. “Every passing day seems to bring new details about possible improprieties.”

The Press said Menendez should not take over as chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee until a full investigation has run its course.

“Sexual scandals, ethics violations and political favors for an old friend? It is becoming difficult to simply dismiss the whole thing, as some have tried to do, as a right-wing smear campaign,” the paper wrote.

“Menendez is certainly innocent until proven guilty and entitled to all the protections the Constitution and fairness afford. But in the real world, the stink of unethical behavior and corruption are hard to shake. All the more reason for the investigations to be vigorous and timely. Menendez’s chairmanship should be put on hold until those investigations are completed.”

Harry Reid where are you? Oh yeah, you were the one pushing the “right wing smear” lies.

 

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