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Culture of Corruption

Feb 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 22 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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But these are dodges. The inquiry into Salomon Melgen and his relationship with Bob Menendez, it seems to us, is only just beginning. Last week brought news that a longtime aide to Menendez was due to be hired by one of Melgen’s companies. Melgen’s claim of association with Harvard and Yale has also come under question. The similarities to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, in which a Republican congressman and congressional aides went to prison for illegally accepting gifts and travel, are striking. With one critical difference: Throughout the Abramoff scandal, which contributed to the GOP’s loss of Congress in 2006, Democrats and their allies in the press denounced in blistering terms the “culture of corruption” of insidious relationships between lawmakers, staff, and influence peddlers in Washington.

So far, though, Republican officials have been rather silent on the Menendez issue. No need to be shy. Who will be the first to speak up? Who will be the first to call for an end to the culture of corruption in Harry Reid’s Senate?

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