It is taking longer than I thought.  But the clock on Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is ticking.  And, it seems more and more evident, it is only a matter of time.

First it was Menendez\’s cozy relationship with salomon melgen, a Florida eye doctor – one who is under investigation for the millions upon millions of dollars he made in, let\’s say, interesting Medicare billings.  melgen was a major campaign contributor for Menendez.  And Menendez – big surprise here – was a major advocate for melgin … but suddenly found a reason to reimburse $58,000 in travel expenses run up while he was a guest in melgin\’s private plane.  I wonder why…..(well, maybe I don\’t wonder at all).

And now we have his similarly cozy relationship with william and roberto isaias – rich businesspeople here, but wanted fugitives in their native Equador.  Read the beginning of Jonathan Dienst\’s piece for NBC News – New York, and see why:

Thefederal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendezis broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned.

TheDepartment of Justice is investigating Menendez\’s efforts on behalfof two fugitive bankers from Ecuador, multiple current and formerU.S. officials tell NBC 4 New York. The probe into the Democrat\’sdealing with the bankers comes as federal authorities are alsoinvestigating his relationship to a big campaign donor from Florida.

Thecriminal investigation is focusing in part on the senator\’s ties toWilliam and Roberto Isaias, and whether the senator crossed a line intrying to help the two brothers stay in the United States. 

TheIsaias brothers have been fugitives from their native Ecuador formore than a decade — sentenced in absentia for embezzling millionsas the bank they ran there was collapsing.

TheIsaias brothers now live in Coral Gables, Fla., running severalsuccessful businesses, and they have never been charged in the U.S.But back home in Ecuador, they\’re wanted men.

Backin the 1990s, outraged Ecuadorians took to the streets demandingtheir money back after several banks collapsed, including thecountry\’s largest, Filanbanco, which had been run by the Isaiasbrothers.

Is it just me, or does Robert Menendez seem to gravitate toward shady – very shady – people of Latino heritage, who have lots of money and need lots of political help?

Is this a coincidence?  Maybe.  But, if so, it would be one of the most amazing ones I\’ve ever come across. 

Call me a hard-nosed skeptic, but I don\’t believe it is a coincidence at all.

Tick tock, tick tock.  The game clock is winding down….


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