El senador demócrata de Nueva Jersey, Bob Menéndez, de origen cubano, fue acusado de corrupción y prometió pelear hasta el final: “Le pido a mis amigos, colegas y a la comunidad que no me juzguen y recuerden que los fiscales se han equivocado muchas veces… saldré reivindicado”.
Un gran jurado acusó a Menéndez de aceptar regalos de Salomón Melgen, un oftalmólogo de Florida, para que a cambio usara sus poderes como senador e impulsara medidas que favorecieran al doctor. “Los fiscales están completamente equivocados”, dijo el senador Menéndez en Nueva Jersey ante un nutrido grupo de admiradores que aplaudía y gritaba a su favor.
El senador Menéndez, de 61 años, también fue acusado de un cargo de conspiración, otro de violar las leyes de viajes, 8 cargos de soborno y 3 cargos de fraude. También fue acusado de mentir. Al final de este artículo hay un lista de los políticos que apoyan al Senador Menéndez. Los textos están en inglés y explican las razones de su apoyo.
La Fiscalía acusa al senador Menéndez de recibir un millón de dólares en regalos y contribuciones a su campaña de parte de Melgen con el fin de defraudar al sistema de Medicare en millones de dólares a favor del doctor.
El doctor ya devolvió millones de dólares al gobierno y el senador Menéndez dijo que fue un fallo de proceder porque su familia y la del doctor Melgen se conocen hace más de 20 años e intercambian regalos. Ambos se declararon inocentes. El gobierno le quitó al doctor Melgen su pasaporte para que no pueda viajar y le impuso una fianza de más un millón de dólares.
El doctor Melgen le pagó al senador Meléndez viajes en jet privados, lo llevó a su villa en el Caribe y lo hospedó en lujosos hoteles de Paris.
Si el senador Menéndez, quien pertenece a los comités de Política Internacional y de Banca, renuncia o es hallado culpable, los republicanos tendrían la posibilidad de apoderarse de la silla 55 en el Senado.
Por ahora renunció al comité de Política Internacional en carta que dirigió a Harry Reid, líder demócrata del Senado. “Ha sido un campeón de la clase media y es inocente hasta que un jurado lo encuentre culpable y esperemos que así sea considerado”, dijo el senador Reid.
El senaodor Menéndez siempre se ha opuesto a retirarle el embargo a Cuba y en las negociaciones que comenzó el presidente Obama con la isla no fue tenido en cuenta.
Latino Leaders Support
Bob Menendez #istandwithbob
By Monica Barrero
Monica Barrera / Senior Policy Advisor for Latino Affairs
Office of Senator Robert Menendez (April 3. 2015)
Highlights from the strong showing of support for Senator Menendez from leaders in the Latino community and immigrant rights community.
This roundup of key statements (issued Wednesday and Thursday) is not exhaustive.
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Janet Murguia, President and CEO
Excerpt from full column reprinted at end of this compilation
«Under the American justice system, those accused are presumed innocent until proven otherwise, and Hispanic Americans have every reason to give the senator the benefit of the doubt. For when it comes to assessing Senator Menendez’s record in Congress, there is no doubt about his effectiveness.
«For millions of Latinos across the nation, Senator Bob Menendez is more than just the senior senator from New Jersey. To the Hispanic community, Senator Menendez has been our voice and our champion in the United States Senate. In the more than 20 years he has been in Congress, Senator Menendez has consistently been one of the most thoughtful, constant, and eloquent advocates not only for Latinos, but for working families, consumers, and the country’s interests abroad…
«NCLR highly values the partnership we have with Senator Menendez and are proud of the work we have done together on behalf of the 55 million Hispanics in this great nation. We owe him a large debt of gratitude for his efforts, for his unwavering commitment, and for his courageous dedication. As he has been there for us, we will be there for him.»
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
«Bob Menendez has never given me any reason to question his integrity, his dedication to honest public service or his commitment to the American people. As a leader in the House and in the Senate, he has been a key ally in fighting for sensible immigration reform and a touchstone for all matters related to Latinos in this country. He is a friend who is quick with advice, encouragement and good ideas. I am particularly proud of his leadership on foreign policy matters related to Latin America. My hope is that these legal matters are resolved quickly so he can go back to concentrating 100 percent on his service to the people of New Jersey and the United States.»
Frank Sharry, Executive Director
«Senator Bob Menendez is a leader who I have worked with on immigration reform for over a decade. I know him well and love him dearly. He has been a tireless fighter for immigrants and immigration reform. He has been relentless and effective. He was a key member of the Senate ‘Gang of 8’ who birthed the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed in 2013 on a bipartisan basis by a whopping vote of 68-32. He has consistently fought for an achievable path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, for the speedy reunification of families separated by our outdated immigration system and for the immigrants to be treated fairly in immigration proceedings. He has courageously stood up for those marginalized by political system and dehumanized by a nasty streak of nativism in American society. And he is a major reason why Dreamers won relief under DACA, why some 5 million undocumented immigrants are on the verge of living without fear in the country they now call home, and why comprehensive immigration reform is an idea whose time has come for some three quarters of the American public.
«My fervent hope is that Senator Menendez emerges from the current troubles stronger than ever. For he is not only the senior Senator for New Jersey; he is also the senior Senator for Latinos in America.»
Rep. Tony Cardenas
«Senator Menendez has been a friend to me personally and a public servant dedicated to the betterment of communities in New Jersey and throughout America. His efforts continue to positively impact the lives of American families every day. He plays a fundamental role in ensuring that every voice in discussions, throughout our nation’s capital, is heard. I know he will not only continue this role, but will grow stronger as a legislator and a resource for the people of his state. As his friend and his colleague, I believe in Senator Bob Menendez, I support him and will continue to do so.»
Latino Leaders Network
Mickey Ibarra, Founder and Chairman
«The Latino Leaders Network-an organization dedicated to ‘Bringing Leaders Together,’ first honored Bob Menendez in 2004 at its inaugural Latino Leaders Luncheon Series in Boston during the Democratic National Convention. Over 500 Latino leaders from across the country assembled to honor the newly elected chairman of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus and to listen to Bob’s personal story of obstacles overcome to achieve success.
«For his entire career, Bob Menendez has been a remarkable and indispensable public servant for New Jersey residents and the national Latino community. As the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, he has continuously broken glass ceilings and prioritized the importance of inclusion at all levels of government and the private sector.
«As the political influence of the Latino-American community continues to grow to better reflect our nation’s demographic landscape, we recognize that Senator Menendez has been at the helm of that transformation from the very beginning. Bob Menendez embodies the promise of America-that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in our country.
«Leaks and innuendo do not equate to guilt, and the Senator deserves a fair and just trial, not a political witch hunt. We owe someone who has fought so hard for us these basic American rights.
«The Latino Leaders Network stands-by the Eagle Leadership Award presented to Congressman Bob Menendez in 2004 and again to Senator Menendez in 2006 for his outstanding contributions to the Latino community and our nation.»
Rep. Albio Sires
«Bob Menendez and I have worked together for years to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. When you look at his work, making laws that give working families the support that they need and ensuring that our communities have the resources they need, it’s clear that he will never stop fighting for our state.
«All Americans, not just Senator Menendez, are entitled to a presumption of innocence. These charges are just an accusation. My friend, Bob Menendez is not going anywhere. I know that he will get through this and nothing will distract him from doing what he does best, fighting for New Jersey.»
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director
«As the Nation’s largest and oldest Latino membership organization, the League of United Latin American Citizens regularly works with members of Congress on issues of importance to our community.
«Senator Bob Menendez has been the Latino community’s biggest and most consistent champion during the entire time he has been in Congress.
«From leading the charge on comprehensive immigration reform to ensuring Latinos were covered by the Affordable Care Act and from protecting Latino consumers from deceptive practices to opening new doors for small business owners, Bob Menendez has delivered hard-fought legislative victories to Latinos on our top priorities throughout his career.
«As the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, Senator Menendez has also prioritized the importance of inclusion at all levels of government and the private sector.
«For these reasons, LULAC has honored Senator Menendez on multiple occasions, including bestowing upon him the LULAC National Legislative Award-our organization’s highest award for Members of Congress.
«As the Hispanic-American political agenda and influence grows and changes to finally reflect our nation’s demographic landscape, we recognize that Senator Menendez has been at the helm of that transformation from the very beginning. Bob Menendez embodies the promise of America – that if you work hard and stay the course, you can make it in our country.
«The League of United Latin American Citizens stands with Senator Menendez and we will continue to support and work him as one of our biggest champions.»
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Javier Palomarez, President and CEO
«The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was pleased to have the participation of Senator Bob Menendez – along with other senior government officials and Congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle – last week during our Legislative Summit, an annual gathering of business advocates, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives in Washington, DC. During the Summit, Senator Menendez addressed our group and discussed his efforts to promote more diversity and leadership in corporate America. This issue has been a focal point of our association since its inception.
«While the membership of our organization is quite diverse, the USHCC’s primary constituency is Hispanic business owners. Their interests are at the heart of Senator Menendez’s newly updated survey on corporate diversity. Additionally, their interests have driven Senator Menendez’s wider efforts in the Senate on several policy issues that affect American enterprise.
«Throughout his career, Senator Menendez has devoted his time and energy to ensuring Hispanic entrepreneurs have a voice in America’s policy debates. As the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, he has continuously broken glass ceilings and prioritized the importance of inclusion at all levels of government and the private sector.
«The USHCC appreciates its long standing partnership with Senator Bob Menendez, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with him.»
National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts (NHFA)
Felix Sanchez, Chairman and Co-Founder
«The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) stands with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. Under our system of justice a person is innocent until proven otherwise.
«U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has been a champion of Latino Civil Rights, Immigration Reform, expanded trade with Latin America and a strong proponent of peace in the Middle East. U.S. Sen. Menendez, who represents the State of New Jersey, is a respected leader of the United States Senate, a pillar of the Democratic Party and an national Latino icon, who has dedicated his life to public service. U.S. Sen. Menendez has never given us any reason to doubt his integrity.
«We urge NHFA’s friends to stand with Bob Menendez. Bob Menendez has stood with us and now we should stand with him. A person is innocent until proven otherwise and until that day, Bob deserves the beemfit of the doubt. #istandwithbob»
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ)
Michael J. Plata, HBA-NJ President
«The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (‘HBA-NJ’) stands by and supports United States Senator Bob Menendez for his tireless work on behalf of the Hispanic community in New Jersey and across the country to cultivate a more inclusive society and a government that is responsive to an all too often ignored demographic. The HBA-NJ is confident in Senator Menendez’ devotion and commitment to ensuring that all people, whether born here or abroad, can have a chance at a better life and fulfill our Nation’s founding promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
«Senator Menendez has had an extraordinary record of championing issues of interest for Hispanics not just in New Jersey but throughout the country. The Senator continues to have a major impact on the everyday lives of all New Jerseyans. Senator Menendez plays a fundamental role in ensuring that our community’s voice is heard in the halls of Congress and before the most deliberative body in the world. We are confident that Senator Menendez will remain committed to the advancement of all people regardless of age, color, ethnicity, or creed, and we stand ready to continue to work with him on our shared goal of making our nation more inclusive.»
New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC)
Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Vice-Chair
«Senator Menendez has been a leader for New Jersey and a true friend to labor. He has fought for policies that have put people to work, upgrade our crumbling infrastructure, improve conditions for women, and advance the middle and working class. He has stood up to big corporations and special interests, and refused to back down from his core principles, no matter who has challenged them.
«There is a special place for Senator Menendez in the hearts and minds of everyone in the Latino community. He has been our champion and an inspiration to future generations of young Hispanics in pursuit of the American Dream. New Jersey’s Latino community is greatly indebted to Senator Menendez for his life-long commitment to comprehensive immigration reform.
«I have known Bob Menendez for decades. He is as passionate as his compassionate. He has devoted his entire career in public service to lifting up the most vulnerable in our society and lending his voice to the voiceless. He fights for the issues he believes are in the best interest of our state and the nation. Nothing I have heard changes my opinion of the Bob Menendez we all know, respect and admire.»