Indomitable in the face of reality, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is apparently too insulated by his corruption to realize his own fate. Menendez allegedly accepted flights on private jets, vacations at luxury resorts, and campaign contributions in exchange for political favors from a wealthy physician. His bribery trial has been ongoing and it looks increasingly bleak.
But even the threat of jail time can't keep the senator from trying to make a buck. Though charged with 18 counts of bribery and fraud, Menendez continues to fundraise for his campaign.
As @SenatorMenendez corruption trial continues (https://t.co/GT6d0NlkQT), Menendez's campaign asks for money, engages in image repair pic.twitter.com/8ZWpY6VSbu— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) September 28, 2017
"Bob Menendez has spent his entire adult life fighting for the people of New Jersey," his campaign committee wrote in an email. "It's a job he loves." The campaign then links to donations page.
Menendez must think he will beat the charges or wants to put cash in the bank while still a free man. Either way, it's another level of brazen. He's up for re-election in 2018, assuming he's not serving time in a federal prison.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.