Bob Menendez Finds Unconditional Love from Latinos

Seung Min Kim, Politico, May 10, 2015

Just days before Robert Menendez was hit with federal corruption charges, Bill Richardson reached out to his longtime friend with a simple question: How can I help?

Details of the Justice Department’s case against Menendez–that he had improperly used his Senate office to aid a wealthy donor–had been leaking out for weeks. So Richardson, who’s known Menendez since their days together as back-bench Latino members of the House, pledged over breakfast in the Senate Dining Room that he would defend the senator.

“I told him I wanted to stand behind him,” the former New Mexico governor and Energy secretary said in a recent interview. “I stand behind Bob Menendez’s integrity, his word, his values.” Since then, Richardson said he has donated $5,000 to Menendez’s legal defense fund and plans to raise more to aid his friend.

Richardson’s unwavering allegiance mirrors how the larger Latino community has rallied behind Menendez–and remained by his side in the weeks since the indictment–as he faces 14 federal corruption charges spanning bribery accusations to making false statements. As he fights to keep alive a four-decade political career, Menendez is relying on support from Latino politicians, advocacy groups and voters to bolster his public image, raise money and give counsel behind the scenes.

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talked with New Jersey’s other Democratic senator, Cory Booker, about efforts to show public support for Menendez, according to officials at the group. Menendez has been asked to be the grand marshal at the Elizabeth, New Jersey, Cuban Day Parade later this month, and he’s scheduled to be honored as the distinguished Cuban-American of the year at another Cuban Day Parade in North Bergen, New Jersey.

About two weeks after Menendez was indicted, La Casa de Don Pedro–a community development and social services organization based in Newark–bestowed the group’s annual award on Menendez to honor him for his work on immigration reform. On Thursday, Menendez rushed for the train home to New Jersey as one of two dozen honorees by the newspaper El Cambio, a Spanish-language publication that covers northern New Jersey, for work on behalf of the Latino community.

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“When he was the only … Hispanic senator, he would get issues from California to Texas that had very little to do with New Jersey. And he would repeatedly step up for the Latino community,” said Javier Palomarez, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Because of that record, we are stepping up and saying, ‘Listen. We can talk about the Bob Menendez we know.’”

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If Menendez were to be found guilty, it would lead to the loss of the only Latino Democrat currently serving in the Senate–and so the broader Hispanic community is rallying behind Menendez not just because of their histories with the senator, but to prevent losing their core of influence in the chamber.

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The accusations laid out by federal prosecutors in a 68-page indictment are serious: Menendez allegedly took nearly $1 million worth of gifts and contributions from a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, and then used the resources of his Senate office to bolster the eye doctor’s business interests, while supporting visa applications for three of Melgen’s girlfriends. Melgen was also charged in the Menendez indictment.

Menendez has pleaded not guilty and defiantly proclaimed he will be vindicated. Meanwhile, Melgen is facing 76 additional federal charges, separate from the Menendez case, in Florida, where he is accused of engaging in an elaborate Medicare scheme that included falsely diagnosing patients for eye conditions and then profiting off them.

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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, a longtime Menendez friend, waited for hours on April 1 until the indictment was made public. Once he saw the charges were official, Gutiérrez dialed Menendez on his iPhone and left him a voicemail: “I want you to know that when you pick up tomorrow’s clips, my statement should be in there, and I’m with you.” In a recent interview, Gutiérrez said he is also willing to help beef up Menendez’s legal defense fund, although the Illinois Democrat acknowledges he’s not a prolific fundraiser.

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  • phorning

    I wonder if they would do the same for Marco Rubio.

    • Jason Lewis

      A couple years ago they would have. Now he’s flip flopped.

      • Rob

        I do not trust Rubio the Bubio,

    • Irish

      No, its just the left..Ask Allen West, Allen Keyes or J.C. Watts how much support they’ve received from any of the Black pressure groups..It’s laughable.

  • Jason Lewis

    “Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, a longtime Menendez friend”
    All I needed to know.

  • SentryattheGate

    Latin culture and countries are well-known for their corruption; everything/anything for a bribe! That’s why Central and South Americans want to come here; they’ve soiled their nests so bad that they stink to high heaven! But they will bring it here with them (as they’ve done in Miami)!

    • Rob

      Miami used to be a paradise before the cubans came in 1960. Now it is a zoo.

      • Bossman

        All USA gangsters used to retire there. So what kind of paradise was it?

        • Rob

          Better than the zoo it is now. Those gangsters that retired there were the cousins of Muslim and of people like Bloomberg and Ruth Ginsgberg

        • ElComadreja

          A paradise without Cubans.

        • Hilis Hatki

          A gangsta’s paradise?

        • lordhumungusthegreat

          Is Bossman a moderator? Is that why anyone who calls him out on constantly pushing his support for “white Hispanics” get their comment deleted?

      • Anon

        Curiously, cuba was not “a zoo” in the decades before castro took over.

        Stupidity is the main weapon the enemies of white people use against us. Always the same way. Hey…hate those other white guys over there for reasons that are STUPID, so we can line our pockets and then finish you off when you are weakened.

        And the pattern repeats itself.

      • Speedy Steve

        It’s more of a zoo because of all the Haitians in Liberty City.

      • Michael Robert Ryan

        Large numbers of Cubans have always lived in Miami, but they were middle and upper-class Cubans of mostly white extraction. It wasn’t until the Mariel boatlift of 1980, when Castro “flushed Cuba’s toilet” (his exact words) that Miami turned into the zoo it is today.

        • Rob

          It started going down even when the other Cubans came in the 1960s. Yes I agree the trash did come with the Mariel boat lift. Also the negroid Hatians and other non white trash are making it even worse.
          Sadly even the so called upper white Cubans support the lower class Cuban trash. It is just like the white Hispanics supporting amnesty and illegals immigration of mestizos. So we cannot trust them and I do not trust people like Marco Rubio. I know some white Cubans and they head the ‘Hispanic Ministries’ at the churches.

          • jambi19

            I am not so sure Rob. I have lived in FL for a very long time and worked in many different areas (Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee, Sarasota, West Palm) and most white cubans I meet and work with are pretty realist. Mestizo Ricans on the other hand…..

          • Rob

            I guess there are a few. I just know one white Cuban that loves America and he actually was in the armed forces. His parents tried to teach him Spanish when he was very young but gave up. Always thought of himself as AMERICAN and not CUBAN. He even got upset at the Cuban oprah woman (Cristina Saralegui) who spoke at the DNC in 2012 in favor of Obama. He did support Rubio at one time because he is a republican, but I do not know now.

            However, the other Cubans white or mixed are all bad. Soledad O Brian’s mother was a Cuban negress and her dad an aussie irshman, but she does not identify with her white heritage, but only with her afro Hispanic heritage. Yet she married a white man and he was stupid enough to bed down with a mullato like Soledad.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        They sure do keep the Homicide Detectives busy on “The First 48″…

      • Michigan Patriot

        Now apologize to all the animals contained within.

    • jambi19

      Third world voters elect third world politicians.

      • Michigan Patriot

        or fourth world ones.

    • Anon

      You don’t understand anything, especially about race.

      Puerto Rico, one of the reasons why it was annexed by the US was its wealth. Cuba was similarly wealthy.

      Corruption came from the United States, to both countries. In a word…..jews.

      Jews in the US are of three broad, troublemaking varieties. The one who overthrew the russian government and genocided nearly 100 million innocent people in the european sphere and then fled to Israel when russia finally threw off their bloody rule (zionists). Jews who attempted and failed to bring the western world under communist control (democrats….cough). And the so called “russian” mob. Those who control all organized crime who are neither russian, nor italian.

      Puerto rico was largely ruined by the communists…who were too stupid to realize the people there now had the right to do what all other white people do when their communities are targeted…..leave. Cuba was largely the focus of the mob. Several interesting movies document what happened….and conveniently portray those involved as italian mafia when no italian person was involved.

      Much of the race issue in the world involves these three groups of jews cooperating or fighting, backstabbing each other for short term gain while causing all sorts of problems for others until the cycle of expulsion from white countries repeats itself.

      • Katherine McChesney

        flagged.

        • Whitetrashgang

          you should be ashamed .

          • Rob

            Looks like Katherine got her wish. Guest’s comment is deleted.

        • When did you become a leftist? How embarrassing.

          • AFlaVet

            That’s why the 17th Amendment needs repeal.

          • Rob

            People like Katherine are always the problem. Shameful!!!

      • SentryattheGate

        “The fool thinks he knows everything”. Jews did not establish Latino culture; it “evolved” among Latinos (white, mestizo and Amerind).

        • Rob

          And you forgot Negroes.

      • Bossman

        Jews killing Jews? Never heard of that. Arabs killing Arabs, that I can understand; it is happening everyday.

        • Rob

          Please jews will throw another under the bus for the sake of PC. Remember George Zimmerman and I heard that the frat boy who was taped using the N word was also a jew.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            I don’t know if that is accurate or not, but I know that they will not tolerate heresy, especially if it is in opposition to their highest priorities and agendas of multiculturalism and international socialism.

            Right now, they even seem willing to throw ISRAEL under the bus to advance some weird alliance with radical Islam, which they apparently see as a substitute for the Soviet Block’s “muscle” and revolutionary discipline, lost when the Berlin Wall fell…

          • Rob

            Really Israel??? Never heard of that one. I always thought they have different standards for that country.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            I would have thought Obama and Kerry’s Iranian nuclear “Treaty” was evidence of that…

      • De Doc

        Puerto Rico, now billions of $ in debt and soon headed for default. Where is all of this PR wealth? Let me guess – the feckless, tri-racial, tropical folks there are the hidden treasure? Please go sell crazy elsewhere dude.

      • lordhumungusthegreat

        A Jewish conspiracy Is why the American Indian Castro overthrew the government and put in the current corrupt regime backed by the soviet union. If you stub your toe in the night is it a Jews fault?

    • Speedy Steve

      Mexico is run by non-Mexicans. I used to watch the news on SIN; the hosts were Denise Maerker — a redhead, and some beard called Bruno, and he had blue eyes. Dy you really think campesinos and Aztecs are capable of running Pemex and the Phone Co?

      • SentryattheGate

        Direct your anger elsewhere! I’m merely stating that the Latino culture is a corrupt and failed one. And I don’t want the USA Latinized!

        • ElComadreja

          Too late.

        • Speedy Steve

          Who’s angry? I’m only noticing things — which leads me to be accused of racism on a frequent basis. Mexico is controlled by about 40 families. Some are German, some are Italian, and some are Jewish, but most are old-line Spanish.

      • AFlaVet

        Because they have Spaniard, white ancestry? And they’re all
        Castellón’s?

    • Michigan Patriot

      —couldn’t you be just a little more tolerant to these anti-White parasites ?

  • IstvanIN

    I hope he hangs, even if the charges are politically motivated. Our nation stupidly allowed his parents to emigrate here and he repays us with treason.

    • Rob

      Well said. We must be careful about anyone that immigrates. Their descendants will be a liability. Look at the negreos.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Look at Obama…

        • AFlaVet

          I can’t…I get nauseous and feel the need to barf.

  • Anon

    Over and over and over again, this racist (real racism, not the phony stuff blacks complain about) issue comes up. There is no such thing as a “hispanic”. No such race. People who speak spanish are one of three races…black, white, and indian (amerind) There is no racial solidarity among those who speak spanish who are of different race….in fact, a constant state of low level war exists in most spanish speaking countries (including the US) among these races. Race mixing is largely not allowed, even in countries like Brazil. The wrong race in the wrong neighborhood gets shot (especially in Brazil….where guns are banned….lol). Spanish speakers of different countries despise one another….barely tolerate those of the same race….do not in any way tolerate those of the other two races.

    Menendez is a criminal. His behavior with regard to race, is like all his other behaviors….it revolves around crime. He is white. Most amerinds despise him. All blacks have no clue who the hell he even is and don’t vote for the spanish speaker, they vote for the black guy.

    Menendez is also not cuban. He’s from puerto rico. He cannot publicly tell people he is puerto rican because someone will shoot him.

    Unknown to most Americans, Puerto Ricans largely settled in New York City and surrounding New Jersey. When the floodgates to non-white immigration were opened, white puerto rican neighborhoods were flooded with non-white spanish speakers. Puerto ricans were ethnically cleansed from the NY/NJ area and also from large parts of the island. Menendez was a prime mover behind that. He is literally, a communist race traitor. For awhile, he pretended he was a mexican amerind, of the La Raza stripe. But they laughed in his face (he’s the wrong race). Now, he pretends to be cuban.

    Most (actually, almost all) puerto ricans live in the rich suburbs around Tampa, Florida, in one giant ethnic enclave. Menendez isn’t allowed within a hundred miles. Nor on the island. His trips to domincan republic are pushing it.

    • Bossman

      Where did you get all this strange information from? In the USA all Latin Americans feel the pressure to unite. As for race mixing, it began on day one. As soon as Columbus landed, his men were out in the bush looking for the ladies. Brazil encourages race mixing. During a Brazilian Carnival, all the Mulatas are queens for a couple of days.

      • JohnEngelman

        Race mixing began when a small number of modern humans crossed the Sinai Peninsula about 60,000 years ago and began to check out the Neanderthal ladies on the other side.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        He is right to an extent: The Corrupt Leftist Media lumps all Spanish-speaking groups together, and assumes that all have a similar worldview and similar aspirations, which the CLM would LOVE to radicalize and promote…

  • listenupbub

    Does El Cambio mean “The Change”?

    What do they want to change, I wonder?

    • Rob

      USA

  • Evette Coutier

    They are winning because they stick together and we do not. It’s on us.

    • 4321realist

      Amen.

  • 4321realist

    Can it be any clearer that this multicultural mish-mash of tribal factions value their old countries, their cultures and their histories….with a few exceptions….. more than they do this one?

    Thanks to the corporate greed mongers who want cheap labor to enrich themselves further, the rabid politicos who want warm bodies for taxes at any cost…… and the rainbow nut cases…… we now are comprised of so many different self-interested tribal groups this is no longer a country, but a conglomeration of people who are here ONLY because they can earn more money or get more freebies than their old cesspools of origin.

    But it’s the same as the rest of the West, and I think it’s going to prove accurate to say that we’re all in the beginning stages of a horrendous financial and societal calamity of biblical proportions.

    And forget martial law. There is NO WAY this shaky, frail government can control 320 million people in an area 1500 miles deep and 3000 miles wide, while, at the same time, deal with an imploding economy that will see the restless natives fighting and killing each other in EVERY urban center in the nation, as government ranks are seriously thinned by mass defections to respective ethnic groups.

    And at the same time deal with home-grown Islamic terrorists who see the opportunity to rampage throughout the “Great Satan,” while their brothers in Islam begin a slow takeover of southern Europe via Libya.

    And during that entire time of tribulation and turmoil does anybody think we will hear even one politico on the left admit that diversity wasn’t our strength after all? And, in fact, it was the idea of fools?

    • Lexonaut

      “There is NO WAY this shaky, frail government can control 320 million people in an area 1500 miles deep and 3000 miles wide …”

      They don’t have to do that. They only have to control the major metropolitan areas while cutting the electrical grid to the rest of the country.

    • ElComadreja

      I’ve seen ones here for 35 years or more still talk about “me country” and not mean America.

      • 4321realist

        Yes, and they still hang the flags of the failed countries they fled from on their inner walls, flag poles and houses, with great pride, as if they didn’t have to migrate, because those nations were too corrupt or too incompetent to feed their own people.

        And eventually they make up myths they love to spread around about why their old countries failed, such as they were oppressed by whites or whites stole all their resources, or some other fabrication to make it appear as if they were superior countries.

        And there are many parts of this country where these people can live all their lives without knowing one word of English.

  • Spaniard in LA

    Menendez belongs to AIPAC.

    • Rustler

      Bingo.

  • Hammerheart

    An informed public…

    The found father’s must be spinning in their graves. The US population has just hit peak stupidity.

  • Race Heretic

    Say what you will about corruption, but Latins really know how to look after their own. I think we could learn that lesson.

    • Lexonaut

      We could learn that lesson from any non-white immigrant group.

    • SentryattheGate

      Except that they’re so arrogant, they refuse to learn from their mistakes! They just move on to a whiter place once they’ve ruined their territory.

  • Rustler

    Has anyone else noticed how many white conservatives have been falling all over themselves to defend Menendez becase of his subservience to the Israel Lobby?

    Lot’s of comments on Free Republic, NRO and Breitbart from conservatards pushing the conspiriacy theory that Menendez is being framed by Obama because of his anti-Iran posturing. They think Menendez is a good guy.

    Just another example of how the creepy white gentile conservative obsession with being “pro-Israel” is causing these people to work against their own interests.

    That’s the real issue here for us nationalists. That Hispanics would defend Menendez is a given.

  • Speedy Steve

    The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talked with New Jersey’s other Democratic senator, Cory Booker ….

    Golly gee! Crony capitalism has moved into the barrio. Pass that bottle!

  • slobotnavich

    Sounds like a good reason for the Repubs to run either Cruz or Rubio. I believe Hispanics would turn out for them in droves, negating the ever-reliably black vote for the Dems, plus, of course, they’re both hard-right conservatives as opposed to neo-con squishes. And God, not Jeb. This nation suffers from acute Bush Fatigue – his nomination would mean the end of the GOP, and deservedly so.

    • Hilis Hatki

      As whites mean less as a voting block the GOP will become the Hispanic party.

      • slobotnavich

        Well, I suspect that Hispanics will tend, far more than blacks, to drift somewhat to the Right. Nearly all blacks vote Democrat, and likely will for all-time, or at least until a new Ebonics-speaking farther-left party emerges. I just don’t see any sort of black-Hispanic coalition forming – note that rioting blacks rarely venture into nearby Hispanic neighborhoods, and with good reason: The wetbacks would kill them, likely scalp them, and use their woolly hair to wash their cars.

        • GAWZ

          Hispanics are well organized and do not suffer from white guilt.

          • slobotnavich

            True, nor should they

        • Rustler

          Another idiotic comment. Most of the looters arrested during the 1992 Los Angeles riot were Hispanic.

    • ElComadreja

      The GOP is useless. It certainly deserves to fail.

      • slobotnavich

        Well, that may well be true but We the People don’t deserve the results of their failure, the dominance of the verminous Democrat Party, every member of which should be hunted down and burned at the stake by slow fire. But I rave….it happens when I let myself indulge my favorite fantasies.

        • Rustler

          Comments like this have no place on Amren.

          • slobotnavich

            Well, a certain level of hyperbole has always been among my favorite indulgences.

  • Magician

    Japan is indeed an amazingly advanced country but what they do to entertain themselves look silly and mildy disgusting….

    https://youtu[dot]be/fzK5oGlX2w4

    But then again we would rather live beside neighbors who are amazingly intelligent and law-abiding but have silly hobbies, than the kind of neighbors who might stomp us or shoot us just to relieve themselves of boredom.

  • AFlaVet

    “When he was the only … Hispanic senator, he would get issues from California to Texas that had very little to do with New Jersey. And he would repeatedly step up for the Latino community,”…

    Of course…forget the oath to uphold the Constitution for all Americans…not just hyphenated illegals and latinos whose tribal names always end with a “Z”! Viva la Mexi-Cubano-Mestizos- América! All others need not apply.

  • 4321realist

    You’ve got it right on.

    Every urban area in the country will be a blood bath and there’s no way the feds have enough personnel to handle such an occurrence. The police will try in the beginning to bring things under control, then the National Guard, but it will be like trying to hold back the wind with a fish net.

    The economy will crash. The banks will close. Supplies will cease into most areas due to the certainty that hijackings will be the order of the day.

    As the chaos progresses, defections from government ranks in all areas will occur. The feds will attempt to impose total martial law, but they don’t have enough personnel to control even half the urban areas throughout the country.

    In all areas….for the most part…..there will be no power, no potable water, no food, and the urban survivors will be over-running white enclaves in the closer suburbs, looking to loot and steal and the white inhabitants will be totally swamped with non-white hordes….mostly black…. who will then head to the countryside in the red areas where their numbers will be decimated even further.

    And this is just a brief snapshot of what just part of the scenario would amount to. I wonder if Jesse, Al, and the other black instigators know that their incitements could very well mean the virtual end of blacks in this country as a people and a political force, when they threaten to riot, steal, kill and loot, or as Farrakhan put it, “Tear this G****** country up.”

    I doubt that they do, because if there is a common factor among blacks it is their arrogance which blinds them to their
    own stupidity.

  • Michigan Patriot

    He & his wife are as White as snow but he loves his brown Hispanics of any combo; He is pretty racist recent immigrant from Cuba. Bob shows White America his thanks by sticking a knife in our backs at every political turn ! He is a consistent traitor.