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The Corrupt Wing of the Democratic Party

Thursday, September 28, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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The clueless appeasement wing of the democratic Party –the wing that mustered 160 votes in the House in opposition to the military tribunals bill yesterday– is only on epart of the Democratic Party.

There’s also the corrupt wing, the poster child of which is Robert Menendez.  From today’s New Jersey Star Ledger (ht: J-Pod):

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez’s closest political adviser was secretly recorded seven years ago boasting of political power and urging a Hudson county contractor to hire somone as a favor to Menendez, according to a transcript obtained by The Star-Ledger.

Tonight Menendez’s campaign says he has severed his ties with the adviser, Donald Scarinci, after learning of the taped conversation.

Menendez and Scarinci were childhood friends and Scarinci, a prominent attorney with extensive contracts in state and local governments, has been a key fundraiser for the senator throughout his long political career.

Scarinci was recorded in 1999 by Oscar Sandoval, a Union City psychatrist who had contracts with the county jail and hospital in Hudson County, according to two people familiar with the tapes who requested anonymity because the recordings are evidence in a pending lawsuit.

A transcript of the recorded telephone conversation was obtained by The Star-Ledger and verified by the two sources. In it, Scarinci urged Sandoval to hire another physician, Vincente Ruiz, telling him: “Menendez will consider that a favor.”

Now, about that “culture of corruption” meme, Senator Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi?

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