Patterico's Pontifications

2/24/2013

Escort: Menendez Paid Me For Sex

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:23 pm

Another unsubstantiated claim we should all just ignore:

A professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex. The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior to seeing Menendez’s photo that she had been paid to provide sexual favors to several U.S. senators, including a New Jersey Democrat and other politicians who are no longer living.

I keep hearing that the FBI is closing in. For what it’s worth.

29 Comments

  1. A palate cleanser, if you will, to remove the awful taste of that Michelle Obama thing that happened.

    Comment by Patterico (9c670f) — 2/24/2013 @ 9:23 pm

  2. What’s the big deal? This isn’t a career-ender. I mean, it’s not like he drank water on national tv or anything.

    Comment by Chuck Bartowski (ad7249) — 2/24/2013 @ 9:34 pm

  3. Here in New Jersey, our newspapers are reporting this as an “unsubstantiated report from a right-wing, conservative blogger” and (I loved this one) “most likely a dirty trick as the blogger reported this before the election,” it they cover this at all. interestingly, commenters to this story recognize the bias and point it out to the paper. None of my neighbors or friends are aware of these allegations. It would have been good information for them prior to the election.

    Comment by Jersey Woman (a1d9be) — 2/25/2013 @ 4:32 am

  4. If it turns out he’s as active a “hobbyist” as the story indicates, god knows what’s about to come out.

    Has the good Senator taken any trips to Nevada or Europe?

    Comment by Xmas (6fd4c3) — 2/25/2013 @ 4:33 am

  5. “…including a New Jersey Democrat and other politicians who are no longer living.”

    I’m resisting the temptation to speculate.

    Comment by forest (d864d0) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:53 am

  6. If true, it’s unfortunate, but hardly uncommon, as a list of members of both parties exhibiting similar proclivities in recent years can readily be made, even by Patterico should feel so inclined.

    Comment by Perry (329aa5) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:53 am

  7. correction: … even by Patterico should he feel so inclined.

    Comment by Perry (329aa5) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:54 am

  8. He’s a democrat, so none of his voters care if he uses prostitutes. As for evidence of corruption and drug abuse, in New Jersey that is a feature; not a bug.

    Comment by Bar Sinister (5a053d) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:08 am

  9. Nothing to see here, folks. Please, move along.

    Comment by The Dana from MoveOn.org (3e4784) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:21 am

  10. Iffin he consorted with Suzy Favor I’ll be pissed.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:28 am

  11. If true, it’s unfortunate, but hardly uncommon, as a list of members of both parties exhibiting similar proclivities in recent years can readily be made,

    You don’t get the point, Perry. The fact is, mainstream media is largely silent about this scandal. And it IS a scandal. But it’s not reported on Yahoo or MSN or HuffPo (AOL). (Curiously enough, there’s a prominent report on HuffPo about a Catholic cardinal resigning over allegations of inappropriate behavior.)

    For days, Manti Te’o's imaginary girlfriend was all over the news. But this story? Hardly a ripple. I wonder why.

    Comment by Chuck Bartowski (11fb31) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:31 am

  12. Prepare to reprise the Clinton Impeachment, when this will all be declared “a right-wing ultra-puritan vendetta against consensual sex among consenting adults.”

    Because those were righteous blowjobs, doncha know.

    Comment by Beldar (de838d) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:41 am

  13. you’d think having sex with Robert Menendez for money would be demeaning to where you’d be super embarrassed

    Comment by happyfeet (acd614) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:50 am

  14. Mr Bartkowski wrote:

    For days, Manti Te’o’s imaginary girlfriend was all over the news. But this story? Hardly a ripple. I wonder why.

    Because Senator Menendez underaged hooker wasn’t imaginary? :)

    Of course, it could be that Mr Te’o is simply more important than Mr Menendez.

    Comment by The Dana who can see the difference (3e4784) — 2/25/2013 @ 9:06 am

  15. Politicians, Hookers; don’t they all belong to the same union?

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 2/25/2013 @ 9:18 am

  16. Don’t get me started on how hookers are way, way better than politicians.

    Comment by Steve57 (60a887) — 2/25/2013 @ 9:32 am

  17. “politicians who are no longer living”

    That means she had Ted Kennedy, and Bob Byrd as clients.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (88aa9c) — 2/25/2013 @ 10:44 am

  18. Well, he’d have to, wouldn’t he?

    Comment by mojo (8096f2) — 2/25/2013 @ 10:48 am

  19. Perry,

    If you admit to having a history of using prostitutes, we’re not here to arrest you.
    But it is against the law for a federal employee to use a prostitute in foreign countries—even if prostitution is “legal” in those countries.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (88aa9c) — 2/25/2013 @ 11:09 am

  20. Mr Stone, if she’d had Ted Kennedy as a client, would she still be living?

    Comment by The snarky Dana (3e4784) — 2/25/2013 @ 11:54 am

  21. A week ago the New York Times ran a story on the origins of the Menendez scandal. I think the editor wanted it to say it was all caused by Republican partisans (or perhaps the new York Times got a tip that that’s what explains it) but it didn’t work out that way, although the headline still remained:

    Inquiry on Democratic Senator Started With a Partisan Push By ERIC LIPTON Published: February 16, 2013

    It started out in April, when someone using the name Peter Williams (the New York Times notes that Abscam disgraced U.S. Senator Harrison A. Williams had the nickname “Pete”) sent a tip to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a left leaning group, tyhat Dr. Melgen had helped procure prostitutes, some of them underage, for Mr. Menendez, after flying the senator repeatedly on his private plane to the Dominican Republic. And about a yacht. Menendez claimed it all had to do with election. 56 pages of emails were turned over to the FBI and an investigation started. Later someone brought material to the attention of the Daily Caller.

    And later some Republicans discovered the unpaid for plane trips.

    It’s all in the article, but it’s best not to start reading from the first paragraph.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:11 pm

  22. Who sent the Foley tip, to CREW again,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:16 pm

  23. The Snarky Dana,

    Ha, ha, well played.
    I suppose the answer might be, “It depends on if she agreed to get into a car being driven by Senator Kennedy.”

    Comment by Elephant Stone (88aa9c) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:20 pm

  24. Does anyone else remember how much fire Rush Limbaugh came under for visiting the Dominican Republic so often? Many liberal sites were claiming this was evidence he was using underage prostitutes there. It’s amazing how quiet they all are about Menendez.

    Comment by Chuck Bartowski (11fb31) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:37 pm

  25. Does this woman know Chris Dodd?

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 2/25/2013 @ 1:17 pm

  26. http://freebeacon.com/menendezs-right-wing-critics/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/25/2013 @ 4:50 pm

  27. @narciso 22. Who did send the Foley tip? “Pete Williams”? You were too brief.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 2/26/2013 @ 10:02 am

  28. via Best of the web:

    Obama finds himself a loophole in ethics regulations

    Or:

    Obama’s Backers Seek Big Donors to Press Agenda

    By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

    Published: February 22, 2013 New York Times

    Barack Obama has reorganized his campaign as a tax exempt 501(c)(4)entitled to take unlimited donations not required to report donations, although Obama (campaign?) officials say this will voluntarily disclose the names of the biggest donors every few months.

    Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House. Moreover, the new cash demands on Mr. Obama’s top donors and bundlers come as many of them are angling for appointments to administration jobs or ambassadorships.

    What they indicate they want to do is lobby Congress.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 2/26/2013 @ 3:47 pm

  29. What they are doing is overtly selling access and doing exactly that which Teh One routinely rails against. Shocking, I know.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/26/2013 @ 3:48 pm

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