Thursday, November 01, 2012

SillySeason: Hey Pols! You don't want to Stiff Hookers!

Especially Latin/ Hispanic ones.  Ah.. finally something to grin about.

The BIG ISSUE here is not hookers or a cheapskate politician, or this Senate Race. It's in the specific political connections that set it up.

Drudge hinted and then other sites released a story on NJ Sen Menendez having contracted with a couple hookers in the Dominican Republic for their services at $500, then only paying them $100 each.
Daily Caller

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.
The women spoke through a translator in the company of their attorney, Melanio Figueroa. Both asked that their identities remain obscured for fear of reprisals in the Dominican Republic.
When shown a photograph of Sen. Menendez, the women said they recognized him as the man with whom they’d had sexual relations at Casa de Campo this spring. Both said they were brought to the resort with the understanding they would be paid for sex.
Neither knew the identity of the man at the time. Both claimed to recognize him later as Sen. Menendez.
But in the Telegraph (UK), the writer thinks it's a cheesy and desperate  political ploy.

The timely release of this scandal has a whiff of desperation about it. Perhaps reconciling themselves to defeat by Obama, the conservative alternative press is seeking new targets in the Senate. The Daily Caller has dug up flight records that suggest Menendez did visit the Dominican Republic when the ladies say he did. It's a scoop, but no better that going through trash cans to find dirt on an unsuspecting d-list celebrity. Menendez is divorced, so there's no Peyton Place hypocrisy to expose here. Dare I say it, but if he's guilty then he's only hurt himself and the woman he allegedly underpaid.

This really makes no sense at any level.  Let's assume it's true or parts of it are true; not a great stretch of credulity..

Campaign issue:  This is New Jersey, we're talking about.  Not Alabama Mississippi or Utah. 
NJ voters are seasoned at hearing scandals of all sorts. No one in their right minds would expect this  to make more than a one point difference in the voting.. at least not from the illicit sex angle.   The only way that would happen would be for all the facts to come out and then, approach it from a wholly different paradigm.
So why bother?
And why, when all the surrounding facts suggest Menendez is accustomed to VIP treatment, did this come out in the first place?
- This is a posh resort. Who was it did the procuring and why did the hookers show up without defacto guarantees of payment?   Are they street hookers, not from an agency or service normally ised to supply talent?  If so, why?
- The hookers had the nerve to engage an attorney, but the attorney didn't deal with the first contact or resort people, first? 

So why did these women come forward? I see no way they will be able to get the big payoff by going public.  They are trying to maintain their anonymity, so that rules out big appearance money.
Their identities ARE going to come out.  Which will result in their being blacklisted from any 'job assignments' requiring silence. Which I expect all of them will.  No, professional aliases wont work.

In the final analysis this is just for satisfaction of grievance.

It points out Menendez is a cheap SOB.  And doesnt mind cheating the 'little people' in small business.  Not unexpected, given so many past cases of Dems stiffing campaign event caterers and venues.
It's too late for all that to come out.

Nope.. the real issue is that everything about it smacks of unprofessional attitude all around... 
Why was all this facilitated by a DR resident and big Menendez Campaign contributor who has clinics / offices in Florida?
What's that guy getting from being a 'Friend of Jersey Bob'
There's the big stink coming.. if it comes.