New Jersey’s Senate race has been tighter than expected. Although recent polls by CBS and Quinnipiac show Menendez with a comfortable lead, other outlier polls like one by Stockton University have the race within the margin of error. Now Bob Hugin is using a new tactic: bringing up Menendez’s severe ethical issues.
Senator Bob Menendez just finished an ethics trial with a hung jury over charges that he was taking bribes and traveling to other countries to hire underage prostitutes. Menendez voted against Brett Kavanaugh, saying Christine Ford was “not only to be believed” but was “a hero”. Hugin is now using his own words against him attacking Menendez for hiring underage prostitutes. Menendez’s lawyers argued that the underage prostitution in another country “would hardly be a Federal crime”.
Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill is in trouble after a hidden camera caught her and her staff supporting a ban on all semi-automatic rifles and impeachment. According to her staff, they have to lie about their support in order to get moderate votes in red leaning Louisiana. They also said they would lie to voters after she was elected saying that national security issues prevented them from saying they would support impeachment.
“It’s like we have to lie to get elected”
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Bill Nelson is another Democrat Senator in trouble. Nelson sent out an email calling for donations to help Hurricane Michael victims. But the link in his email goes to Actblue, a liberal Political Action Committee. Actblue also donates funds to Super PACs which are not legally permitted to coordinate with campaigns or candidates.
Actblue has sent money to several high level Democrats including Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi. They have also funded violent Leftist protest groups. While the funds donated for hurricane relief will likely go to that cause, Nelson’s use of a political PAC to raise funds guarantees that he will get access to their personal information and can solicit further donations or have directed marketing campaigns towards hurricane relief donors. Nelson did not disclose in his email that Actblue was a political PAC. He made it sound like they were a charitable relief organization.
First let’s talk about media censorship. As we’ve documented, reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta went crazy when Trump suggested Fake News was the enemy of the people. Over 200 newspapers wrote coordinated editorials attacking Trump based on the narrative that he was anti-Press. But in West Virginia, Trump shot down that narrative by going after social media censors. “I would rather have fake news than have anybody — including liberals, socialists, anything –than have anybody stopped and censored,” Trump said. He added warnings about the dangers of censoring opposing viewpoints.
The Left is frothing at the mouth over convictions of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. But there’s very little chance it will amount to anything. The media also seems to be confused into thinking that paying people for non-disclosure agreements of affairs is somehow illegal. What was illegal was Cohen submitting the payoff to one of Trump’s companies as some sort of expense reimbursement. For investigators to even begin to think they have a crime to charge Trump with, they have to get evidence beyond Cohen’s unreliable testimony. But beyond that, Trump can’t be indicted. He can only be impeached if evidence of criminal activity can be proven. An impeachment vote won’t pass with the current House makeup and even after November there is no way the Senate will have 75 yes votes on impeachment.
But more importantly, the Russian collusion narrative is once again proven to be dead. Manafort’s convictions are all for pre-Trump campaign financial crimes that have nothing to do with Trump. Despite Cohen’s willingness to sing like a bird to Mueller, he had nothing to offer when it comes to Russia. These two were literally the best hope Mueller had of ever having anything on Trump when it comes to Russia. Both flipped. Neither one had anything to offer. There was no Russian collusion with Trump.
In another Russia related story that the media is dutifully ignoring, Rick Scott announced Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security and FBI informed him that there is no evidence that Russia has infiltrated the Florida election system. This was a wild and baseless claim made by his opponent Sen. Bill Nelson. Nelson provided no evidence for the claims, but seemed to be indicating that it was classified. After being called out on his claim by even the Washington Post, Nelson got quiet but hasn’t apologized for lying.
Rick Scott hit Bill Nelson on Facebook Friday for his unverified claims that Russia has infiltrated Florida’s election system. Nelson claimed that the Russians had hacked Florida’s election system, but did not cite any actual evidence for the claim. When pressed, Nelson stated that it was classified.
According to Gov. Scott, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter to the US Senate Intelligence Committee asking for more information. None has been provided. Nelson claimed that the Trump administration is withholding information but still has no evidence for his salacious claim. How Nelson even came across the supposed information is also unclear. Nelson is in the toughest race of his life after 18 years in the Senate.
If the Russians have in fact compromised the Florida election system, then the intelligence community has a duty to disclose that information to the governor of Florida and the appropriate state officials. If Nelson’s unverified claims have any merit, the government has a responsibility to help Florida identify the compromised areas and protect the voters of the state.
Bill Nelson is either lying or illegally releasing classified information in a press conference to meddle with the election. Either way, his attempt to scare voters into thinking Russia is coming in on Gov. Scott’s side is backfiring. Whether the 75 year old Democrat Senator is making stuff up or compromising national security for political gain, it’s a lose-lose for Nelson.