If Bob Menendez was a Republican, you better believe Democrats would be saying he should resign if convicted. Of course, since he’s one of their own, they’re being very quiet an the subject.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Dem Senators Silent on Whether Menendez Should Resign if Convicted
Senate Democrats are steering clear of Sen. Robert Menendez’s federal corruption trial, not answering questions on whether the New Jersey Democrat should resign if convicted.
Democrats have found various ways to avoid answering whether Menendez should resign his position if convicted, and some fear he may be found guilty but refuse to give up his seat, CNN reports. They are also aware that if Menendez resigns before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves office in January 2018, the Republican would choose a temporary replacement. How long that successor would stay in office depends on how close the appointment would come on the calendar to the state’s next election.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Democratic Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), and Ben Cardin (Md.) have all demurred when asked about the possibility of a Menendez conviction.
Of course, Menendez could save the people of New Jersey a lot of trouble and resign now but we know that’s not going to happen.