Skip to comments.Political Insider: Just when things looked like clear sailing for Menendez
Posted on 02/03/2013 4:01:05 AM PST by SMGFan
At the start of the new year, things looked bright for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Hudson County's federal legislator by way of Union City, Hoboken and North Bergen. He won re-election in November and he is in line to take over as chairman of the ultra-powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Now the committee is a punchline. Menendez has suddenly become the media's Lindsey Lohan of the Capital Beltway. I've known the senator since he was a teen aide for his mentor, the late state powertician Bill Musto, who was mayor of Union City and a highly influential New Jersey state senator. ("I take my coffee with cream and no sugar, thanks Bob.") His rise to the exclusive club we know as the U.S. Senate is a novel in the making with a number of very Runyunesque characters.
I have no concept of the fauna he mingles with since he left for Congress, but it seems the rough and tumble politics he was anxious to leave behind in Hudson County have followed him to D.C. Either that or his county DNA has surfaced. Whatever the case, Menendez has serious Bill Clinton-like problems.
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In 1977 investigations began into the city's dealings with Rudolph Orlandini, who was hired for a $2.2 million project to construct additions on the city's two high schools at the time, Emerson High School and Union Hill High School, projects that ultimately incurred $12 million in spending. In 1979, with a trial looming, Deputy Public Works Director Bruce D. Walter and Board of Education Secretary Robert Menendez (both of whom would later serve terms as Mayor of Union City) formed the Alliance Civic Association, and publicly questioned the overrun costs on Orlandini's construction company. In April 1981, a grand jury indicted Musto and six others on 36 counts of racketeering, extortion and fraud. Musto's conviction drew disbelief from some of his contemporaries, as well as skepticism at the validity of the accusations against Musto. On March 26, 1982, Musto and his co-defendants were convicted in skimming $600,000 in kickbacks for Orlandini contracts for the school construction projects. Musto was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Despite his legal troubles, Musto still managed to maintain his adoration from Union City and continued his 1982 reelection campaign for the city commission, winning the election against Menendez on May 11, 1982, the day after his sentencing. The courts forced him from office, and his wife, Rhyta, won her husband's seat in a special election. He was succeeded in the New Jersey Senate by Christopher Jackman. After two years of appeals, Musto began serving his prison sentence in 1984 on a reduced sentence of five years. After serving three and a half years, he was granted early parole to a Manhattan halfway house in 1987, where he stayed for two months. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Musto
Could not have happened to a nicer scoundrel, sadly this is probably the making of his own party. The GOP is still sleeping shhhhhhhh dont wake them up they may side with him
Now the committee is a punchline.
LOL. That's a good line. "Foreign Relations" are apparently his strength.
he is in line to take over as chairman of the ultra-powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.>>>>>>>>>>>
No Menendez is not in line. Memendez is not loyal to Barrak Hussein Obama, and is now being PURGED by Barak Hussein Obama.Menendez is an obstacle to what Barrak Obama wants to accomplish with “Foreign Relations.” In part Obama wants the Muslim world to have nuclear arms, and Obama also wants Israel destroyed. Menendez would prevent Obama from doing that.
Now we must see whether there are any Democrats left in Congress who will stand up fopr Menendez. It would be good to see the FBI evidence against Menendez,it seems that the FBI is now part of Obama’s campaign organization.
Its getting difficult to know where the line is between Obama’s campaign organization and the US government. The line is fuzzy is it not?
Yes, Hitler and Mussolini did the same.
BTW, Charlie Rangel was almost purged by Obama but Charlie saw the light and became an Obama man.
With his name being Menendez.....you can bet Rubio, McCain, Graham, and the other Open Borders RINOs are preparing to give him amnesty....and his underage Dominicana hookers also
The really telling thing about this article is the Blasé way the author talks about the corrupt cess pool that is Hudson County and Union City. Menedez learned how to be corrupt in these dens of crime. If the author has known the 58 year old Menendez “since he was a teenager” then he has watched silently as the corruption went on for at least forty years. THIS is why New Jersey is THE most corrupt state in America even after Krispy put a bunch of pols in the can. New Jersey is so corrupt that there are even corrupt Republicans who work with corrupt Democrats to fool the suckers as they are robbing them blind. But they get what they deserve.
New Jersey is so corrupt that there are even corrupt Republicans who work with corrupt Democrats to fool the suckers as they are robbing them blind.
We have a Congress filled with corrupt Republicans working with Democrats.
The format was perfected in Illinois.
Amen. The entire east coast is overrun by mind numb idiots including the so-called conservatives like Chris Christie. We here in fly over country see the beginning of a new reich as the litards take over. “Idiocracy” the movie is now playing in real life.
I was stunned to see the FBI actually acting against a Commucrat and wondered if it could be a rogue group trying to do SOMETHING necessary.
Also, I could not imagine Menendez as a good guy since he is clearly corrupt to the bone and IMO nasty and destructive in the service of Obama and the communist "cause". Do you know him or know something personal about him that would cause him to actually try to stop the islamic takeover of America?
That would explain the surprising action of the FBI and Holder/Obama's allowing it to proceed. Not to mention that the "press" is actually allowing us to know about it.
I bet you are on every Menendez thread defending him against Obama and an imaginary conspiracy to “purge” him. I have seen you on two already this morning.
And you are also defending Charlie Rangel?? What did Anthony Weiner do to tick off Obama? You see where this tripe is leading you?
You are looking like either a lunatic or a troll. Which one are you? Or is it BOTH? You are on the wrong board for that kind of garbage.
As to Memendez and Rangel, I am certainly not defending them. The fact is that Obama IS NOT a democrat. He is a black power nationalist/ historic justice redistribution socialist...in short a nationalist socialist.....A FASCIST,
you know, like Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini , and others, who had their little tyyrannical plans to subject free people to their Utopian Wet Dreams. This is a fact far more nefarious than anything Menedez and Rangel could do or want to do, they are simply corrupt democrats with no design on destroying Amwerica.
Yes, Obama threatened Rangel with the purge by havuing him hauled up before the Congressional Ethics Committe. He did the same with , both of whom would notallow the Obama FAscist COmmunuity Organizers into thier electoral districts. After being hauled up in fromt of the ethics committee, they both got wrist slaps because they knuckled under to Obama.
Menedez has not knuckled under to Obama. Neither did Petreus.So Obama goes through their lives with a fine tooth comb, finds whatever smut he can and then shit cans them by defamation and then resignation.....hardly what you would call due process, whether they are Republicans or Democrats. Why do you think Obama has not made any progress in working with Congress?
Menendez’ sin is not that he likes younger women. Nor was it Mohamar Gadaffis sin, (calling him crazy in the news has gotten several thousand innocent s killed and spread arms to every kook Islamofascit from Cairo to Algiers as Obama knew it would.).
Menedez’s sin is that he is Anti-Castro, and will not change.He will not OK a free diplomatic reconnection with Cuba as Chief of the Foreign Relations Committee , which Obama wants. And so he has to be ousted by the FBI,by scandal and demands from idiots that he resign without any due process whatsoever.
One would think that we would at least let his Senate colleagues hold hearings on the accusations being made.
Obama has purged hsi way to power. He even purged Mitt Romney. And you fall for this too? Interesting.
Obama is hardly a democrat. He kills democrats off whenever he has to and replaces them with liberal utopian fascists.This is what he is doing with his present cabinet reshuffle.The fascists do what they are told , Democrats do not.
The Democrat Party is dead.And now the survivors are being picked off.Menendez is one.
<><> Three decades ago Menendez testified in the federal trial of his political mentor, William Musto, who was charged with racketeering, extortion and fraud. Musto was sentenced to seven years in prison in 1982. M3enendez was Musto's aide.
<><>Menendez has received political donations from people who admitted to using straw donors to exceed legal limits.
<><> Menendez was investigated in a rent-for-influence deal in 2006 by the U.S. Attorneys Office. As landlord for a non-profit organization in Newark, Menendez collected more than $300,000 in rent. While a member of the U.S. House, he helped the agency paying the rent to get federal grants. Employees of the agency contributed $33,450 to Menendezs campaigns.
The lease stated the agencys ability to pay was dependent on the agency getting certain federal or state funding. Menendez said he had permission from Mark Davis of the House Ethics Committee in 1994 before entering the lease. A Capitol Hill publication said David didnt work there then. And when the agreement became public Dzavis had died.
<><> CIRCA 2006 Donald Scarinci forged an alliance with Sen. Robert Menendez---and saw his legal career take off as governments and govt agencies, and then private-sector clients flocked to his North Jersey firm. The Scarinci firm earned countless millions in fees from government agencies and county govt - including $2.88 million in four years from New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. But in 2006 a huge setback for Scarinci emerged and a political problem for Menendez. Menendez's Senate campaign announced it was severing ties with Scarinci, a close adviser and fund-raiser, after disclosure of a surreptitious 1999 tape recording on which Scarinci appears to pressure a government vendor to hire a Menendez ally--- latino doctor Oscar Sandoval.
<><> Menendez's daughter worked for Scarinci but left when the furor erupted.
Sen Menendez is chairman of the Senate subcommittee that holds sway over the Dominican Republic.He pressured officials in the US State and Commerce Depts to intervene so that the DR port contract would be enforced, at an estimated value of $500 million.
PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON YOUR FACE--Menendez, Meglen and Dominican Republic honchos have a secret deal that will profit them hundreds of millions of dollars.
Menendez used govt resources, govt authority and his privileged position to convene a special hearing on the port deal---he was the only Senator present but the hearing had the full force of the US govt.
Menendez dragged Obama administration officials up to the Hill for questioning---pressuring officials about why the Dominican Republic port deal had not gone through.
The New York Times quotes Menendez at the hearing: "You have another company that has 'American investors' that is seeking to - has a contract actually given to it by the - kind of ratified by the Dominican Congress to do X-ray of all of the cargo that goes through the ports, which have been problematic and for which in the past narcotics have been included in those cargo," the senator said.
Many people wondered what Booby Menendez's son was doing as an UNSALARIED hanger-on at the Port Authority of NY-NJ.
The PA/NJ/NY is a notorious corruption hellhole rife w/ cronies/campaign contributors, and that ilk---all of the pol/crud bilking taxpayers/tollpayers for zillions.
Now the Dominican Republic Port Authority deal----and the connection to Daddy Menendez and Sonny Menendez hanging around the NY/NJ Port Authority-----sheds more light on the Menendezs' sub rosa doings here and offshore. L/E needs to scrutinize this ASAP.
Hudson County, Menendez’s base of operations, is so crooked, the US State Dept once refused to accept passports b/c of forgery. The latino HC clerk was then offered a high position in then-Gov Corzine’s admin.