GOP ad helps Democratic Challenger Lisa McCormick

GOP ad helps Democratic Challenger Lisa McCormick

The progressive Democratic US Senate challenger said a big money Republican spending spree could help her defeat Senator Robert Menendez in the June 5 primary, by advertising that the Senate Ethics Committee formally admonished the New Jersey lawmaker over his relationship with fat-cat donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.

"Bob Menendez was sanctioned for breaking the law and these Republican ads are demonstrating that the incumbent is the only Democrat who can lose the election in November," said Democrat Lisa McCormick, a progressive who is waging a low budget challenge to the corrupt insider that may be successful despite his $7 million fundraising advantage. "My campaign is based on the fact that we must end the political corruption that drives elected officials to chase money

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is broadcasting a TV ad highlighting Menendez’s admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee for accepting gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgen, a 30-second commercial that also emphasizes that he was indicted on bribery charges under the Obama administration.

The ad says Menendez broke federal law by accepting "private plane travel, luxury Caribbean vacations (and) a trip to a fancy Paris hotel," reminding voters about an eleven-week trial that resulted in a hung jury before Trump administration officials dismissed the indictment.

The Hugin campaign is seizing on the release of a ethics committee letter, in which Republican and Democratic senators came to a rare agreement that Menendez broke the law.

In a 4-page letter, the Senate Ethics Committee said Menendez “knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from Dr. Melgen without obtaining required Committee approval, and that you failed to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law.“

Menendez had returned to his position as the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, a seat he surrendered after he was indicted on bribery and corruption charges in 2015, after the criminal case against him ended in a mistrial in November, the federal judge hearing the case dismissed some of the bribery charges against him, and Trump administration official dropped the rest of the indictment.

McCormick said if Menendez faces the former Celgene Corp. CEO, Democrats would risk losing a relatively safe seat that could be essential in any action to impeach Donald Trump or halt Republican efforts to tilt the political and economic systems more firmly in favor of the rich at the expense of ordinary Americans.

"During the 25 years Menendez has been in Congress, the standard of living for working middle class Americans deteriorated precipitously due to trickle down Reaganomics, including tax cuts for the rich and policies that encourage low pay," said McCormick. "People who work for a living cannot make ends meet in the world Menendez created and Bob Hugin is dedicated to making worse. The only plausible solution that secures this seat for Democrats is nominating a bold progressive who will restore tax justice in America and fight for a Medicare for All universal health insurance system, expanded Social Security benefits with a lower retirement age and free public education suited to the 21st Century by including pre-K through college, trade school or university."

 

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  • commented 2018-05-06 12:44:27 -0400
    Neither Menendez nor Trump is going to resign, so it is up to you to vote in the Democratic primary for US Senate to nominate a better nominee. As a Democrat, I do not want to look good only when held in comparison to the morally reprehensible, bigoted, incompetent and corrupt Republicans.

    I am proud of the liberal tradition of strong and smart leadership that defined the Democratic Party, but also of the highest ideals for ethical and honorable behavior. Every American could do this job representing the rest of us, but only a few would betray the purpose of selfless service and trade on our trust for their own benefit.

    Stop making excuses for unethical behavior. My candidacy is giving Democrats a choice to elect a normal, middle working class, progressive woman or a devious, arrogant and corrupt man whose 25-years as a member of Congress coincide with the most precipitous decline in the quality of life for American working people in history.

    Let’s not muddy the waters by pointing out how bad someone else might be. The June 5 primary is choice between Democrats for Change and the corrupt politics of the past.
  • commented 2018-05-06 12:09:13 -0400
    Another angle on this— ethics cuts all ways.

    The GOP has no ethical or moral standing with their support of Trump, nor their ability to fix the economy with massive debt load on taxpayers. Not for abortion, not for attacking Menendez. Period. Any means to an end is no end.

    Menendez should not resign until Trump resigns. They should do it together. Period.

    Religionisn and nationalism are not the answer to 9/11. How the GOP has responded is profoundly unethical. This carries thru to your November contest…