Sen. Robert Menendez slammed accusations that he had paid a Dominican woman for sex and expressed hope Tuesday that those behind the claims would be exposed in the wake of the woman's notarized confession that she'd never even met the New Jersey Democrat.
"I hope that you will all vigorously go after who was the source and purpose as you did go after the story at the time," he told reporters.
In a notarized statement filed in court, Nexis de los Santos Santana said she was filmed without her knowledge when she claimed that Menendez had paid her to have sex.
"I am the person in the video, that is me, and those are my words, but this statement is not true," Santana said in the statement. "I never agreed to be recorded."
In addition to criticism over accepting unreported plane flights and allegedly advocating on behalf of a business, Menendez was accused of partying with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic -- accusations he said were "unsubstantiated."
As he did when the claims first emerged, Menendez said Tuesday the claims are "false smears" lifted from right-wing blogs ahead of the election.
The Daily Caller, who originally "broke the story" about Menendez's sexual liaisons on the Dominican Republic, instead of apologizing is now saying that this is not the same woman.
Well that's interesting since the FBI has been searching the Dominican Republic since February for evidence that Senator Menendez had utilized prostitutes, and have found no evidence to back up that claim.
By the way it might be worth noting that Senator Menendez may have a legitimate ethical problem:
Questions revolve around his relationship with Salomon Melgen, the Florida man who owned a plane Menendez admits having flown three times -- once on official Senate business, and twice for personal reasons -- to the Dominican Republic in 2010.
I guess the Daily Caller found these allegations too boring, and decided to "sex them up" a little bit.
Hopefully this kind of character assassination and yellow journalism will quickly usher in the end of these Right Wing online outlets, along with their television equivalent Fox News.