As the corruption trial of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez got underway in Newark on Wednesday, the Republican National Committee launched a digital ad campaign pressuring his fellow Democrats to call for his resignation if he’s convicted.
Menendez was indicted in 2015 for being bribed with private jets and exclusive trips, but it looks like Stabenow’s cozy relationship with Menendez comes with some perks of its own. Even as recently as six months ago, Senator Menedez’s New Millennium PAC contributed $10K to Stabenow’s reelection campaign.
The biggest questions for Stabenow today are will she return the money she received from the corrupt New Jersey Senator and why did she take it two years after Menendez was indicted?
“Instead of accepting $10K in campaign cash, you’d think Debbie Stabenow would be distancing herself from a colleague facing 14 charges of corruption,” said NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin. “This is yet another example of Stabenow being a DC sellout and not the humble Michigander she plays when talking to folks back home.”
In ads on Facebook and Twitter, the RNC notes that Democrats in 2008 called on Alaska’s Sen. Ted Stevens, a Republican, to resign after his corruption conviction. (Stevens’ conviction was later overturned).
GOP Senate hopeful Lena Epstein on Wednesday called on Stabenow to donate to charity the $10,000 that she received from Menendez’s New Millennium PAC for her reelection campaign in March.
The Stabenow campaign declined to comment.
Menendez has denied the allegations, which include charges that he lobbied for a friend’s business interests in exchange for political donations and gifts, according to the Associated Press.
Source: Detroit News