FBI Raid Resurrects Menendez Prostitution Buzz
But New Jersey senator says allegations false
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2013 8:57 AM CST
In this Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, Senate Banking Committee member, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. listens to testimony by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Sen. Robert Menendez yesterday once again denied allegations that he had hired Dominican prostitutes, after an FBI raid on a major campaign donor's office rekindled interest in the rumors. On Tuesday, FBI agents descended on the offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen, the optometrist who supposedly flew the New Jersey Democrat to the Dominican Republic for his illicit trysts. The Miami Herald reports that the raid on Melgen's office was for an unrelated Medicare fraud investigation—though sources say the bureau is also working on a separate corruption investigation involving Menendez and Melgen.

Menendez says Melgen did indeed fly him to the Dominican, but that those trips were "paid for and reported appropriately," the LA Times reports. He says the prostitution allegations "are manufactured by a politically motivated right-wing blog and are false." In a Breitbart post, Matthew Boyle, who originally broke the prostitution story, says he now has emails between the FBI and his original source offering to fly the source to Miami to talk. The Herald says an ethics group got the FBI in contact with Boyle's source, but that the group suspected the allegations were politically motivated.

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Feb 1, 2013 12:40 PM CST
I find it interesting how a top-ranking Hispanic Democrat is being attacked by the right-wing supporters of the GOP's most promising Hispanic prospect. I guess its guerilla warfare designed to clear a path for Marco Rubio to assume a title representing Hispanics in the political world. I find it less than coincidental the Menendez attacks began with the assendency of Menedez in the Senate --- as opposed to minority Tea Party fav Rubio. The 2014 Mid-Term Elections draw closer....
Jan 31, 2013 9:11 PM CST
A politician speaking the truth? I doubt it. But hey, look on the bright side, at least he was not touching little boys and girls.
Jan 31, 2013 12:31 PM CST
So, the Dominican Republic is a center for sex tourism. Why would any politician go there, whether they're a sex tourist or not? Why not the Bahamas or Bermuda?