Thursday, November 1, 2012

What we can learn from Sen. Menendez's Dominican hookers (Yes, really.)

In case you missed all the excitement last night, the Drudge Report spent several hours teasing a story that eventually showed up at The Daily Caller, about how Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) apparently availed himself of the services of two prostitutes when he visited the Dominican Republic earlier this year.

It's a story, which, in my honest opinion, just does not live up to the ridiculous buzz that Drudge tried to generate for it. I mean, a politician having sex with someone he isn't supposed to...that hasn't been a new story since dinosaurs crawled the earth. (Picture the headines: "Tyrannosaurus Sex: Dinosaur King Caught with his Stegosaurus Secretary!") But I digress... 

There are a few interesting tidbits, though. This story seems to be seeing the light of day because Menendez did not pay the ladies what he had promised them: 
In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.
Not smart, Senator. Not a smart move at all. 

There's also the delicious heaping pile of hypocrisy that Menendez has exhibited. Dana Loesch has a great post here, describing how Menendez was quite outraged about the Secret Service agents getting caught using prostitutes in Columbia, and how he has marketed himself as a great champion for women:

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I also noticed that the profile page for the official Menendez Twitter account included a prominent photo of him at some rally supporting the ERA, or "Equal Rights Amendment:"

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Such irony that he supports equal rights for women but then cheated two young women he hired out of the money he promised them. Who's waging a #WarOnWomen now, huh? If you support equal rights for women, I'm not aware of any variation of that movement that includes an "except for hookers" exception.

Anyway, my favorite part of the story is this very educational section: 
"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."

"He lies." 

"Says one thing and does another." 

"Nice at first, but then doesn't care." 

Sums up how way too many politicians seem to act, doesn't it? 

How many promises will we hear this week in the last few days of the election, promises that will dissolve into thin air starting on the morning of November 7th? 

Remember, regardless of whoever we elect next week, we have to watch them. Question them. Challenge them. Hold them accountable. 

Our work does not end next Tuesday.

[Adapted from my post at Sulia last night.]

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