Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has his hands full these days, with a burgeoning scandal surrounding his friend and political donor, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, as well as scrutiny of the senator’s own travel and leisure activities in the Dominican Republic.
But maybe, just maybe, he wouldn’t be in this mess if he had paused to read a blog post his daughter Alicia published on the Daily Grito in June 2011.
The post, uncovered by the blog Life on the Hill News, is an open letter to a generic embattled politician brought down by scandal.
“So you’ve found yourself embroiled in a scandal, huh?” Alicia Menendez wrote. “In a perfect world we’d rewind to before this ever happened, when you were just some up and comer who was running for city council or state assembly,” she continued. “I’d tell you to make a list of your real, true friends. No big donors. No one who trades your name like a baseball card. No one who is more invested in you, the mighty and powerful than in the real you. My instinct is to tell you that that person is someone from your childhood, someone who knew you when you were still wearing bad suits and actually eating the chicken dinners they serve at political functions.”