The RNC’s new ad compares Menendez’s trial to the trial former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) faced.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) released and new web video titled, “Why Would It Be Any Different Now?” on Tuesday that hits Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) ahead of his federal bribery and corruption trial, which begins on Wednesday.
The ad highlights the fact that Democrats have been hesitant to say Menendez should resign if convicted, but both Republicans and Democrats called for former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) to resign after he was convicted on similar charges.
The ad starts by asking the question, “Are Democrats really going to let a convicted felon stay in the Senate?”
What follows is a series of reports regarding charges that Menendez is facing in his upcoming federal bribery and corruption trial.
The ad then shows a quote from former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Spokesman Brad Woodhouse telling the New York Times that he doesn’t think Menendez has to “resign, if he’s convicted.”
“But Democrats and Republicans used to agree that a convicted felon should resign immediately,” the ad’s text says.
Then a clip plays from 2008 of a reporter saying Stevens had been found guilty of corruption.
The following quotes from Democratic and Republican leaders then appear on screen regarding the Stevens’ conviction:
“‘It’s time to put an end to the corruption and influence-peddling…Senator Stevens should step down.’ – Senator Barack Obama, October 28, 2008”
“‘The reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate.’ – Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, November 1, 2008”
“‘It is clear that Sen. Stevens has broken his trust with the people and that he should now step down.’ – Senator John McCain, October 28, 2008”
“Democrats and Republicans were against a convicted felon serving in the Senate then…” the ad concluded. “Why would it be any different now?”
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released the following statement along with the ad:
“Democratic Senator Robert Menendez’s public corruption trial is a big deal, but it has been vastly underreported in the media. This case is ripe with corruption and chock full of lies involving lavish resorts, nearly one million dollars in gifts, and political favors leveraged to benefit a wealthy donor who has already been convicted of defrauding Medicare of more than $90 million. A sitting U.S. Senator involved in a federal bribery trial and facing 14 corruption-related counts is no small potatoes. If convicted, Senate Democrats need to immediately call for his resignation.” Compares Menendez’s trail to the trail former Sen. Ted Stevens faced in 2008.
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