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September 15, 2006
POLITICS: Blame The Dead Guy

When I first wrote about Bob Menendez' ethical troubles (at least the ones that are currently under federal investigation, his receipt of $3,000/month in rental income from a community group while he was working in Congress to get them millions in federal grants), I figured it was only fair to quote his explanation, claiming that "[t]his transaction was already approved by the House Ethics Committee".

Well, well, well. It turns out that alibi is shakier than I could have imagined, which goes a ways to explaining why this is under investigation. Menendez claims not that the House Ethics Committee had approved the deal, but one staff lawyer for the committee, and there is apparently no documentary evidence of the approval. And the staffer:

Menendez said he sought and received verbal approval for the transaction from Mark Davis, an ethics lawyer with the House ethics committee, in 1994, when he was a U.S. congressman. However, an obituary for Davis in a Capitol Hill publication says he left the committee in 1993 and died last October.

Isn't that convenient?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:43 PM | Politics 2006 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Remember the contest last year, for a new NJ slogan? My favorite was, "New Jersey...not all of our public officals are indicted."

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at September 16, 2006 9:44 AM

Crank the Dems already set a precedent with the ballot swapping of Lautenberg for Torricelli. Given the current climate here do you think they can pull that off again if Menendez needs to go? He's digging himself a deeper hole every time he tries to explain this, and his close association to the Farber issue doesn't help him any either.

I can see them trying if an indictment comes down, but I don't see it working for them come election day.

Posted by: Kevin at September 16, 2006 12:01 PM
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