Also Asks Her To Return Tainted Menendez Contributions

Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to return Senator Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) tainted campaign contributions and demand that he step down as chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Last week the Washington Post (3/14/13) reported that a federal grand jury is investigating Senator Menendez’s “role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor.” Yesterday, Menendez’s home state New Jersey Star-Ledger (3/17/13) called on him to step down as chairman until the investigation is complete. Shaheen is a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and has accepted $7,500 in contributions from Menendez’s New Millennium PAC (Opensecrets.org)

“The ethics scandal surrounding Senator Bob Menendez is growing, and it is time for Jeanne Shaheen to join the bi-partisan chorus calling for him to step aside. As a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Shaheen needs to realize that Senator Menendez lacks the credibility and standing to continue to serve as its chairman. The damaging allegations that have been made against him raise serious questions that will certainly distract from the important work of the committee.

“Additionally Senator Shaheen must return $7,500 in tainted contributions from Mendez’s leadership PAC and refuse any further donations from the disgraced New Jersey senator. Granite Staters expect their elected officials to stand for integrity and high ethical standards in government. If Senator Shaheen refuses to return the dirty Menendez donations she will let down her constituents and implicitly endorse the Senator’s ethically questionable behavior.”


What Bob Menendez’s Home State New Jersey Star-Ledger Is Saying About His Ethics Scandal:


Star-Ledger:  “The news that a federal grand jury in Miami is investigating U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez pushes this scandal to a new level, undermining the senator’s credibility and his effectiveness as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations.” (3/17/13)


Star-Ledger:  [W]e urge him to surrender his gavel, at least until this investigation is complete. If he refuses to do so, we urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to remove him. This committee’s work is too important to put at risk.” (3/17/13)


Star-Ledger:  “[H]e is damaged. He has conceded that he accepted two free rides on the private jet of a major donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, and vacationed at Melgen’s home in the Dominican Republic. He paid for those flights only after Republicans began to question their propriety, and claimed the failure to reimburse Melgen earlier had been an oversight. That is hard to believe, frankly. He faces a heavy risk of being reprimanded by the full Senate.” (3/17/13)