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Alleged Prostitute: I've Never Met Bob Menendez

Also, I'm not a prostitute, she says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 1:22 PM CST
Alleged Prostitute: I've Never Met Bob Menendez
In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 file photograph, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, right, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, are shown at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – At least one of the women allegedly involved in the prostitution scandal swirling around Sen. Bob Menendez denies the whole thing, Politico reports. Yaneisi Fernandez was allegedly hired by Dr. Salomon Melgen, who has ties to Menendez, but she says she's never participated in prostitution and she's never seen Menendez in person or on TV, according to Univision. Menendez and Melgen have been accused of patronizing prostitutes, some underage, in the Dominican Republic.

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Despite the fact that the controversy continues to grow, Politico reports that Menendez could weather the storm. First of all, it takes a lot to sink a New Jersey politician, the site points out, particularly in Menendez's neck of the woods. Plus, he was easily re-elected last year. "I think Bob Menendez is a very tenacious person, and he has the advantage of six long years and a fairly forgiving political environment in New Jersey," a former senator says. "I wouldn’t be wasting time on a Bob Menendez political obituary." (Read more Robert Menendez stories.)

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