New Menendez Scandal Emerging

menendez dancingU.S. Senator Bob Menendez has another sex and influence scandal brewing.

This time Menendez is alleged to have had an affair with Cecilia Reynolds, the married publisher of the Freehold based Spanish language newspaper, Nosotros, and to have used the power of his office in an attempt to thwart the federal investigation into his friend, Anibal Acovedo Vila, while Vila was the governor of Puerto Rico, according to a report in The New York Post.

Menendez and Reynolds traveled to Vila’s isolated beach retreat on Puerto Rico in 2007, according  NYPost, who report they are in possession of a nude photograph of Reynolds on the beach and another of the couple dressed in shorts with Menendez wrapping his arms around her waist.  The photographs and other documentation were provided to NYPost and other media outlets by an anonymous tipster who Reynolds said is a former disgruntled business partner.

Vila was under federal investigation for campaign finance violations, tax fraud and wire fraud when he hosted the romantic getaway. Menendez used his power under Senate rules to block the prosecutor, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, from being appointed at U.S. Attorney of Puerto Rico.  Rodriguez-Velez became U.S. Attorney without Senate confirmation and indicted Vila in March of 2008.  He was acquitted in of all charges in March of 2009 after losing his reelection bid the prior November.

Rodriguez-Velez was appointed by President George W. Bush and continues to serve as U.S. Attorney of Puerto Rico as a hold-over in the Obama Administration.

Reynolds donated $2500 to Menendez’s reelection campaign and held a fundraiser for him in Asbury Park in 2011.

Reynolds says she is a member of the Advisory Committee for Minority Concerns for the Monmouth County Superior Court, a member of the Monmouth County Human Relations Committee and as a trustee of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, according to her LinkedIn profile.  She is not listed as a trustee of VNA-CJ on the organization’s website.

A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Menendez’s official actions in advancing the business interests of his friend and benefactor, Dr. Salomon Melgen.

As he has with the Melgen scandal, Menendez characterized this latest scandal as “the same kind of questionably timed smear tactics that we’ve seen before.” in a statement to NYPost.

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Menendez Ethics Complaint, Menendez Sex Scandal | Tags: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “New Menendez Scandal Emerging”

  1. Nunya said at 10:51 am on June 23rd, 2013:

    This guy is an obvious scumbag and needs to be investigated and removed from office.

  2. "Questionably timed"?? said at 11:17 am on June 23rd, 2013:

    the drone voters of NJ, as usual, just re- elected you to another 6 full years of the best part-time salary, benefits, and pension in the world, not to mention exempting themselves from the Obamacare behemoth, preserving the best medical care in the world for themselves! .. He is a better-than-usual example of the two societal classes we actually have: the elite ruling class,who live by a separate and apparently lively set of rules, and the rest of us, who pay every bill!… It will keep up,as long as they get to be elected “institutions”, with our ok, with no term limits.. I am so for term limits now,since we cannot count on the voters doing diligence as responsible citizens on their own, on these people.. if one did a comparison of term length of many of these clowns, with the level of their arrogance and bad behavior, my guess is that today, the longer they serve, the more arrogant, greedy, and self- serving they become.. Very disappointing and sad, and very dangerous, now, for our democracy!

  3. Ruling Elites said at 11:44 am on June 23rd, 2013:

    “Where there’s smoke, there’s usually a fire.”

    A awful lot of smoke around this politician.

    Same smoke (even denser) with the IRS, the NSA, the EPA, etc., etc.

    All from those same folks who promised “transparency”.

    You keep the hope; I want my change!

  4. Neptune Nudniks said at 11:47 am on June 23rd, 2013:

    oops – the APP isn’t even reporting on this…I wonder why?

  5. Sancho Panza said at 4:35 pm on June 23rd, 2013:

    Good stories don’t die. Let’s see whether Menendez can quash this one, too.

  6. Joe Sinagra said at 9:13 pm on June 23rd, 2013:

    Did anyone really think that Ole’ Bob was on the up and up, even with the whitewash over the last fiasco?

  7. SenseCommon said at 9:39 am on June 24th, 2013:

    Senator Rico Suave`