Monday, November 5, 2018

Ravi Bhalla hosts political rally in final bid to save Senator Bob Menendez

Senator Cory Booker also appears in desperate bid to aid Senator Menendez as Democrat insiders voice "significant" likelihood of defeat to Bob Hugin

Yesterday, Hoboken saw its Sinatra Park amphitheater turned into a a private political rally space to benefit the flagging campaign of incumbent Senator Bob Menendez.

A Hoboken resident who went through security and was sitting on the second step with others was removed by Hoboken police who informed him he was not welcome. The resident, Chris Carbine, held a sign indicating he was supporting Menendez's opponent Bob Hugin.

According to Carbine, the Hoboken Police Officer asked for his removal as that portion of Sinatra Park was designated "a private space" for two hours rented at the cost of $25. He complied with the officer's request and went to a designated area south of the barricaded area joining other Hoboken residents who support Bob Hugin.

Long time Hoboken resident Chris Carbine (c) joins others protesting Bob Mendez's corruption and back
Bob Hugin's upstart bid for New Jersey's US Senate seat. He was removed by Hoboken police who told him the area of Sinatra Park was rented for two hours on behalf of Bob Menendez. MSV contacted Mayor Ravi Bhalla for an explanation.
According to eyewitnesses, the attendees within the barricades numbered somewhere around 200. Last week, Hoboken's mayor Ravi Bhalla sent out an email to an estimated 20,000 residents announcing the political rally for Bob Menendez. The email list originally came from former mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Over the weekend, warning signs flared on the pro-Democrat website Politico indicating a growing panic Bob Menendez's campaign is tanking. His vaunted 20 point lead has all but disappeared in the waning days of the campaign and Bob Hugin told the Washington Free Beacon he anticipated victory based on internal polling. Other polls vary saying Menendez is leading and the Cook Political Report moved the race to "tossup."

Democrat stragetists are deeply worried and fear a coming defeat. The Politico article detailed the state of that fear in the NJ Senate race writing: "Democratic strategists working on races across the state said in interviews that they have seen a remarkable decline in support for Menendez..."

The drop according to the Democrat operatives began in the summer and has continued in a precipitous  crash leading into the fall. From the article:

Democratic strategists working on races across the state said in interviews that they have seen a remarkable decline in support for Menendez.

Months of ads had reminded voters about the trial in which Menendez was accused of carrying out official favors for a Florida eye doctor — now a convicted Medicare fraudster — in exchange for campaign cash, private jet flights and lavish Dominican vacations.

Some Democratic operatives say there’s no doubt the attacks have worked. One strategist said Menendez spent the month of October “trying to hold on and just trying to survive.”
The operatives, who are involved in the state Democratic politics, all spoke on condition of anonymity to candidly discuss the state of the race in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election and so as to not anger Mendendez.
Another operative said Hugin’s final swings at Menendez are an effort to “chop his legs out from under him.”
“They’re running a very, very, very good campaign, and Menendez seems to be just hoping this is over,” the second Democrat said. “I think there’s a significant chance he could lose.”
Much of the Democratic hand-wringing is based on internal polls that people who are privy to them describe as showing a narrowing race. Internal polls conducted in at least four congressional districts where Democrats are hoping to pick up seats — New Jersey’s 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 11th — have shown Menendez with support that’s more than 10 percent lower than that given a “generic” Democrat, according to one strategist who called the numbers “brutal.”
Last week, MSV obtained almost the exact information from a very reliable statewide source. That source indicated that  Bob Hugin held a shocking and commanding double digit lead in every competitive NJ congressional distract race across the state ranging from 10-15 points in each.

The commercial referenced by Politco doing more damage to Bob Menendez is seen below.



Hoboken resident, Joshua Sotomayor Einstein issued the following press release after the event:

Hoboken Activists Rally Against Menendez Corruption 
Calling him the disgrace of the Democratic Party, good government activists gathered Sunday, November 4, at 11:30am to rally in protest of the visit by formerly indicted Senator Menendez. Menendez who was unanimously admonished by the Senate Ethic Committee for bribery, fraud, and corruption was inexplicably chosen by the NJ Democratic Party to run for Senate. Perennial candidate for higher office, Senator Booker, who recently pressured Democratic law makers to change state law allowing him to run for re-election and president simultaneously in 2020, stumped for the embattled and morally corrupt Menendez.
“It’s ethically grotesque that those claiming to lament corruption in politics and rightfully condemning vote bribing crimes in Hoboken would then invite someone whom the Senate Ethic Committee unanimously found guilty of taking bribes among many other crimes,” said Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, NJ GOP State Committeeman from Hudson County, and a Hoboken resident. He continued, “every one of the event organizers who brought in Menendez knows the Senate will stay Republican on Tuesday meaning the NJ Senate election is about nothing other than NJ. Our Senate election is a referendum on blatant corruption; on one side is a bad government in which Menendez feels free to serve as the personal lackey and on the payroll of a criminal now in jail for defrauding Medicare of tens of millions of dollars; on the other is Bob Hugin, a former Marine and business leader.”
Menendez remains the only sitting Senator to be admonished by the bi-partisan Senate Ethics Committee. That committee, composed of 6 Senators, 3 from each party, made waves by universally rebuking Menendez for accepting illegal gifts valued in the millions of dollars and for lobbying federal agencies on behalf of his now jailed criminal associate, Salomon Melgen. Due in large part to Menendez’s documented personal history as the Senate’s most corrupt member, he was rejected by 38% of New Jersey’s most dedicated Democrats, the voters of the Democratic Senate primary election. It is the hope of all good government activists that Menendez will be retired from the Senate by the voters on New Jersey on Tuesday.