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NYTimes Calling for the Resignation of Sen. Robert Menendez

By    |   Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:46 PM

The New York Times is calling on indicted Sen. Robert Menendez to resign, declaring he's "doing a disservice to New Jersey by clinging to power as a disgraced politician."

"Outrage is fitting in this case — for anyone who reads the indictment," the Thursday night editorial states. "It meticulously documents a brazen pattern of gifts and favors exchanged by Mr. Menendez, one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Dominican-born eye surgeon who invested heavily in Mr. Menendez’s political career and was never shy about calling in favors."

The stern demand comes a day after an indictment accused the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress of taking close to $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from Melgen in exchange for allegedly using his Senate influence to intervene in Medicare and other contractual disputes worth tens of millions of dollars to Melgen.

Menendez denied the charges.

"One of the more salacious parts of the complaint summarizes Mr. Menendez’s efforts on behalf of Dr. Melgen’s young foreign girlfriends who needed visas to spend time with him in the United States," the editorial notes. "In one case, the senator wrote a letter to the State Department to vouch for his friend's 'good friend.'"

"Mr. Menendez argues that all the back-scratching was not criminal, but rather what good friends are supposed to do for each other," the editorial adds.

"He’s certainly entitled to make that case to a jury. Considering the breadth and nature of the allegations, though, it’s hard to imagine that he will have enough time to adequately represent his constituents while he braces for a legal fight that could drag on for years."

The editorial board also chides Menendez for his defiant promise that he's "not going anywhere."

"He would be doing a disservice to New Jersey by clinging to power as a disgraced politician," the Times editorial says. "His colleagues in the Senate should demand that he step aside."

And once he resigns, the editorial board urges, "Gov. Chris Christie would have a range of options to fill the seat temporarily until a new election could be held for the seat."

"If that happens, Mr. Christie should find the speediest way possible to let voters choose a successor who, ideally, would come into office without questionable friends."

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The New York Times is calling on indicted Sen. Robert Menendez to resign, declaring he's "doing a disservice to New Jersey by clinging to power as a disgraced politician."
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