PICKET: Flashback- (VIDEO) Sen. Menendez called for secret service agents to be fired over prostitution scandal

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Sen. Bob Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, is said to have flown to the Dominican Republic where he paid hookers for sex, reports Matt Boyle at the Daily Caller.:

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.

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.

The women spoke through a translator in the company of their attorney, Melanio Figueroa. Both asked that their identities remain obscured for fear of reprisals in the Dominican Republic.

When shown a photograph of Sen. Menendez, the women said they recognized him as the man with whom they’d had sexual relations at Casa de Campo this spring. Both said they were brought to the resort with the understanding they would be paid for sex.

Interestingly, on April 17, Sen. Menendez was interviewed by NJ Today Online and was asked about what the consequences should be for the secret service agents who were involved in the sex scandal in Cartegena, Colombia.

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He answered, “If the facts are true, they should all be fired. The reality is is that the secret service not only protects the president of the United States, they represent the United States of America. They were on duty. If the facts are true as we are reading in the press, they shouldn’t have a job.” 

When asked about the agents who said they have not been adequately funded, Menendez doubled down on his response saying, “I don’t think that’s an excuse. You know what your duty and obligation is. You know you’re there to protect the president. You know you’re there representing the United States of America. You don’t go and solicit prostitutes.” Several days after this interview six secret service agents were fired  over the scandal.

Senator Menendez is currently leading in his re-election campaign by nineteen percent against his Republican opponent Joe Kyrillos and is expected to return to Capitol Hill in November.

 

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Kerry Picket

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Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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