Menendez Warns Enemies: To Those Who Were Digging My Political Grave, I Know Who You Are [VIDEO]

Reuters reports:

A tearful Menendez thanked God, his family and the jurors outside the courthouse in Newark, New Jersey, as well as two senators who testified on his behalf as character witnesses, Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Lindsey Graham.

“The way this case started was wrong,” said Menendez, flanked by his grown children. “The way it was investigated was wrong. The way it was prosecuted was wrong. The way it was tried was wrong as well.”

The senator also added a warning to political rivals. “To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat: I know who you are, and I won’t forget you,” he said.

  • Treant

    Sure, let’s make threats before the new trial (I presume they’re going to have one). That looks great.

  • Tatonka
  • Joe in PA
  • Gustav2
  • Lazycrockett
  • Joe in PA

    Does he know the difference between mistrial and acquittal?

    • Treant


      Next question, please?

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    • KevInPDX

      my thoughts too

    • Ninja0980

      Yes but he is banking on the fact it’s unlikely he’ll be tried again.

    • Ron Robertson

      I suspect he does. It may have been a politically motivated prosecution. From the details I do know, it could have been a totally BS prosecution. 10 out of 12 jurors favored acquittal on all charges, which doesn’t speak well of the prosecution’s case. I doubt there’ll be another trial.

  • Elsewhere1010

    “I know what you did last summer.”

  • Treant
    • JCF

      Somebody help me out here?

  • Friday’s_cat

    Did he add, “You are dead to me”?

  • Publius

    I think Americans are too often concerned about defending the honor of individual politicians, rather than preserving the integrity and reputation of the institutions in which those politicians serve.

    Case in point: parliamentary democracies. In democracies like Canada, the UK, Australia, or Germany, a politician who has — for whatever reason — brought disrepute to the country’s institutions, or whose judgment or character has been called into question, will inevitably resign. The idea is that people’s confidence in their government is more important than protecting the reputation of a single politician.

    We need that here. Politicians are expendable, but our government institutions will outlast us all.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      You forgot Canada. Many MP’s have been known to fall on their swords because of this kind of thing. As you said, it’s considered an appropriate action to keep the confidence of the House AKA the people.

      • Publius

        Of course! Edited. BTW I love Canada. I visit BC (I live in Seattle) at least every three weeks. To be honest, our lack of Nando’s has a lot to do with it.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          🙂 Mmmmmm Nando’s

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          • Publius

            Who hurt you?

    • narutomania

      An astute observation, Publius.

      The problem, of course, is that we have Career Politicians here in the U.S. Far too many people (men seem to be the biggest offenders) enter politics with one thing in mind: they want to make money. The salary is pretty good, especially considering that there aren’t really too many demands. They can set their own hours and do as much or as little as they want.

      But the big payoff comes when they retire / resign and then go into lobbying or other businesses. They just rake it in because of all their contacts still in Washington.

      • Cipher

        And somehow they manage, while serving in office, to acquire equity stakes in profitable areas they happen to regulate. Could it be that they receive inside information to engage in what, for anyone else, would qualify as insider trading?

        • narutomania

          You got it! You scratch my back, and all that other get-rich-at-all-costs horseshit. Money is king.

    • another_steve

      Here in the states we’re living through a period of tribal politics. Comity and the sanctity of political institutions are out the door.

      Donald Trump is doing terrible harm to the institution of the Presidency. We can only hope the damage is reparable.

      • Publius

        Have you ever seen anything like this? I haven’t. A president or PM so willing to subordinate the dignity of his office to gaining cheap political points. It’s the fucking twilight zone.

        I still have hope. Maybe Kamala/Michelle 2020?

        • another_steve

          It’s becoming increasingly clear that the entire Trump Administration – including his Cabinet heads and his family members – constitutes one gigantic organized crime syndicate. And I mean that literally, not figuratively. The crime syndicate is headquartered in the Oval Office of the White House.

          To answer your question – no, I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve been alive during all the administrations beginning with Harry Truman’s. I lived through the Nixon horror.

          Never anything as sordid and vile as this current administration though.

        • Mark

          Kamala/Elizabeth would be more possible. Can you imagine the right wingers imploding with Michelle? A woman, black and former first lady.

  • boobert

    It was reported that he asked the senate if the gifts were legal and was told it wasn’t a problem. They all do it, even the supreme court justices. Scalia was the worst. Even our darling Ruth does this. It should stop !

  • bkmn

    Dear NJ, please stop procreating.

    • Treant

      Hey! I used to do a guy from Jersey. Trim. Carpet of Virility from neck to knee. Totally hot. Complete jerk when he felt you were competing with him.

      • Steve

        Pics please….please….wanna see “neck to knee carpet” ^^shivering^^ please…

  • AtticusP

    He’s not out of the woods yet, right? A mistrial doesn’t mean that he gets off. The case just needs to be heard again.

    As long as Menendez hasn’t groped or exposed himself to anyone, he’ll be OK.

    • Treant

      “Is Miss Trial hot? Send her up.” –Dumpster J. Dumpy

  • FAEN

    She’ll cut a bitch.

  • Sam_Handwich

    one of the jurors said they were deadlocked on ALL the charges 10-2 (in favor of acquittal). what are the odds that a prosecutor couldn’t get 3 votes to convict even on a single charge?

  • boobert

    Jurors have told reporters they were very close to a not guilty. They couldn’t agree on some terms. If you hold the rest of the senate, house, supreme court and white house to the same standard, they’d all be jailed.

    • Ben in Oakland

      you say that like it’s a bad thing

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh dear, someone doesn’t understand the concept of a mistrial versus an acquittal. Add to that a very public display of vindictiveness…not good.

  • Bambino
    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Goo heavens! What is that?!!!

  • TrueWords
  • Tomcat

    Don’t get too cocky yet Menendez, it was only a hung jury not an acquittal.

  • Come on NJ, please just be 10% less jersey. We’re not asking for much, just maybe try finding politicians who don’t threaten people.

  • Ninja0980

    Can someone primary this guy next year?

  • HZ81

    If he were acquitted as others have noted. fine. But sadly, no.

    I gotta say, I wish more Dems would come for their enemies like this. However, not on shaky ground. Sick of taking winger bullshit though. FIGHT BACK! HARD!

  • margaretpoa

    Oh, I’m sure that will go over like a lead balloon at his retrial.

  • Tomcat

    Actually if that politician in Virginia got acquitted of his crimes, Menendez should be alright also.

    • BearEyes

      and VA was a complete denial of justice setting a precedent for years to come.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    New Jersey politics: a minefield of vendettas and sleaze.

    • David L. Caster

      Probably one of if not the most corrupt states in the union.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Nothing like ending on a noble note.

  • JWC

    ” and your little doggy too”

  • MichaelJ

    While I am glad that outgoing Governor Christie isn’t going to get a chance to appoint a Republican to replace Menendez, Menendez is damaged goods and not a strong candidate for re-election next year. For lessening the damage cause by a Republican-controlled Congress it would be best if Menendez resigned when the Democratic Governor-elect takes office, in time for him to replace Menendez with a strong Democrat would could win re-election. Next best thing would be Menendez being expelled from the Senate should he get convicted in a second trial or for him to be challenged and defeated in the primaries by a strong Democratic candidate. Who that would be in New Jersey, I don’t know.

  • SoCalGal20

    Is anybody primarying him?

  • Kevin Andrews

    The new Messiah of the Democrats?
    Legitimized Bribery began with the Lobby and MIC and the Treason of a Roberts SCOTUS decision in Citizens United.
    Congratulations go to the highest Bidder; Goldman Sachs & AIPAC now occupying the Oval Office with the apparent Russian Meat-Puppet.

  • Guess

    A lot of Bitter Men in Suits in the Garden State today!

  • My question isn’t about details of the trial–I am aware of the fact the Dems don’t want to potentially lose a senate seat in these dark days. What I am curious about–what exactly (Godfather like?) harm and terror is he threatening to those he’ll “remember?” Like, he won’t support a bill Senators want to get passed? He won’t grease visa for his enemies’ girlfriends, the way he did for his eye doctor buddy? I’m quite serious here–it seems any really harmful action he could take could potentially come back (once the media gets hold of it) and injure him for blatant retaliation than the harm he can inflict. Just curious–I’m obviously not the one to ask about how politicians can crush folks, other than by partisanship and incompetence. But it would be useful, I suspect, for me to find out.