US Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, may have taken a page out of the Secret Service agents’ playbook: He allegedly partied with hookers overseas but afterwards “stiffed” them on their asking price.
According to The Daily Caller, Menendez hired two prostitutes for $500 each at the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic during Easter but wound up only paying them $100 for services rendered.
“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 …
” ‘He lies,” she said of Menendez. “He says one thing and does another.’ “
A spokesperson for Menendez has denied the allegations. The senator has, however, visited Casa de Camapo as the guest of a wealthy campaign donor.
Sen. Menendez, who is divorced, is up for re-election on Tuesday. Voters have a right to be skeptical of any allegations that surface on the eve of an election, and obviously New Jersey residents are much more concerned with rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.
In general, what consenting adults do in their private lives is their business. However, scandals of this nature involving politicians raise the potential among other things for blackmail in terms of compromising government polices and operations.
On April 17 (a week after Easter), Sen. Menendez said that the Secret Service agents involved in the sex scandal in Cartegena, Colombia, should be fired.
Watch the interview (through an interpreter) with the two prostitutes who are making the allegations against Sen. Menendez: