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A recent political poll from Quinnipac reflects the affect rumors of romping with under-aged prostitutes and questionable friendships can have on your approval rating as an election official.  The February 21, 2013 poll shows Senator Robert Mendendez’ approval rating in his home state of New Jersey dropped a whopping 15-points in less than a month.

The Cuban-American Senator’s rating is now at 39-42 percent versus 51 percent from January 23, 2013.  Ouch.  An overwhelming majority of New Jerseyians have heard some or all of the controversy swirling around the Senator.  They clearly are focused and not distracted by their Governor’s (Christie) donut eating excursion on TV.

Controversies that include taking unreported private planes to engage prostitutes privately or at sex parties, some allegedly under-aged, at his good friend Dr. Salomon Meglen’s Dominican Republic estate.  Dr. Melgen also appears not to be a friend to have your name associated with in light of his medicare fraud issues and business dealings in the Dominican Republic.  There are also reports that the Senator might of gone to bat for his friend in the halls of power where he works – maybe because Melgen is a good pal with lots of cash or because he’s the Senator’s pimp.  You decide.

The Democratic Senator who has been on the forefront of comprehensive immigration reform has not been charged with any wrongdoing and many of the rumors remain just that.

However, as the Quinnipac pollsters put it “More than two thirds of [NJ] voters have heard of his troubles and the more they know, the less they approve.”
Menendez has been a U.S. Senator since 2006 and for sometime was the sole Latino Senator; now he is one of three Hispanic Senators elected.  He was re-elected to another six-year term in 2012 with an overwhelming majority vote.

Not sure the Senator could pull that easy of a re-election if held today in New Jersey.
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  •  So far, there is no evidence to (6+ / 0-)
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    furi kuri, Christin, TomFromNJ, cfm, Bill W, denig

    support any of the accusations, many of which were originally driven (and created) by right wing groups and then amplified by right wing blogs.  In any event, he does not run again until 2018.  By then these will likely be history or, if proven, it will not matter.

    So his current poll ratings are not very important.    

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 02:14:17 PM PST

  •  If there's anything I hate more than (2+ / 0-)

    a corrupt politician it is a corrupt Democratic politician. Corruption should be the domain of the GOP; it's friggin' embarrassing when one of our own is caught in a web of deceit, using their elected office in order to further the finances of themselves or their supporters (or having sex with underage hookers paid for by campaign contributions). We should not be defending these people the way that the GOP closes ranks around their crooks. I have no loyalty to the Jesse Jackson Jr.'s or Bob Menendez's of this world.

    •  Jesse Jackson Jr... UGH (1+ / 0-)
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      Victor Ward

      I just don't know what possessed him to do what he did and then have to go through serious trauma to the point where he ended up going to the hospital.  Seriously, then admitting guilt?

      Reform Chicago and New Jersey, one state at a time.

    •  Re: (0+ / 0-)

      "How I learned to stop hating corruption and love the List."

      Senator Menendez is a habitual backbencher.  He does his job, he votes the right way, and until there's someone better that comes along he'd get my vote.  So far, nothing even credibly alleged broaches ethic violations we've seen slide before.  If there's someone better in the wings, then by all means run him if you can sink Menendez.  But Jersey state-wide isn't IL-02, not with the current governor riding as high as he is.

  •  Challenger to Robert Menendez must happen (2+ / 0-)
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    zett, Victor Ward

    And the New Jersey Democratic Party and political system must be reformed.

    It pains me to hear this because my father and his family have a long history in New Jersey.  My father's relatives have lived in Oakhurst, West Orange and elsewhere in NJ while he grew up in Passaic.  My grandfather (his father) was a Russian who came to the U.S. when he was 18 years old, went to Brooklyn College of New York (now Brooklyn College) and owned a pharmacy from well before the Great Depression through the early 1960's.

    If Brian Schweitzer is considering running for U.S. Senate against Max Baucus, surely someone can do the same in a blue state like New Jersey.

    •  Re: (0+ / 0-)

      You're out west.  Out here east, there is a Democratic establishment stretching clear back to the founding of the country.  Reform means something entirely different out here.  As a native New Yorker who's lived out beyond the Mississippi from time to time, I sympathize the younger states' affinity for machine-bucking politics.  Sometimes we get a fresh face to shake things up out here.  But there's something to be said about a bedrock continuity that, while producing the occasional national embarrassment, provides ready fuel for the progressive engine.  That's the East.  It means Albany and Trenton, but it means that there's a bedrock for liberalism as strong as the Solid South is for conservatism.

      •  Oh believe me, I know NJ a bit (0+ / 0-)

        My father's relatives are very much Jewish Democrats, just about entirely liberal, moderate, etc.  They have liberal points of view, just like many others in the state do.

        In Passaic though, which is near the bay that borders NJ and NYC, more Jewish people are Hasidic, the most conservative form of Judaism there is.  When my father was growing up, Passaic never had as much Hasidic Jewish individuals.  Now it does.

        But sometimes it's the nature of the beast, as in the establishment, that needs to be shaken up.

        You mention me being out West.  Well, even people around here are just unaware of how entrenched the state governments of Oakland and San Francisco can get when it comes to really addressing people's needs in such a half-assed way.  For example, Oakland's got a very unpopular Mayor, Jean Quan, who may not otherwise get as much support if it hadn't been for the Chinese lobby.   Now what does the Chinese lobby care about real issues?  All they just care about is representation.  

        What I want is a Mayor of Oakland who represents its constituents and stops pointing fingers at Occupy Oakland, starts real business outreach and actually repairs neighborhoods like West Oakland, Fruitvale and such.  I could care less at this point whether Oakland's Mayor is Chinese, Japanese, Filipino or even Russian.  All I want is a good mayor that represents people and is proactive.

        The same process happened with Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (served before the idiot Bobby Jindal became Governor).  She kept treating looters in New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath who got out of control as numbers when all they wanted is help.

  •  Clear your name or switch Parties, Senator n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  reality check... (1+ / 0-)
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    Nedsdag

    It's looking like the sex scandal part of this has already crashed and burned, with no credible evidence existing outside of the fevered imagination of right-wing bloggers.  The failing to reimburse travel expenses part might have legs, but it's not nearly as shiny an object as the underage hookers story, so it may have a short shelf life.  This is New Jersey we're talking about, we're kind of used to this stuff.  
    The plunge in approval rating does surprise me, but only because he started at above 50%.  We tend to dislike our incumbents, and then re-elect them.  Usually because we dislike the challenger even more.  

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