Saturday, January 26, 2013

Menendez red-faced over Flake's slightly insensitive sex joke at Senate hearing on Kerry

Cleverly timed slight by the AZ Senator?

From Eric Dondero:

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is all over the news for an alleged illegal sexual dalliance with a woman under the age of consent. The incident allegedly occured last year in the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic.

And just yesterday as revelations were beginning to come out this, as reported by the Miami Herald, "Cuban-American senator didn’t think Arizona senator’s joke was funny":
in the hearing Thursday to confirm Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as secretary of state, Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican and long-time advocate of normalizing relations with Cuba, had cracked a joke about the best way to deal with the communist government.

“The best way to foster change and progress toward democracy is to allow travel, free travel of Americans, to let them go as they wish,” he said. “In fact, I’ve often felt that if we want a real get-tough policy with the Castro brothers, we should force them to deal with spring break once or twice.”

Flake said he favors fully open travel to Cuba.

“I don’t think that that’s a weakness or any capitulation at all,” he said. “I think it’s a way to show strength.”

The idea that bikini-clad and drunken college kids on spring breaks might push Cuba’s 54-year-old dictatorship toward democracy drew laughter in the chamber but angered Menendez, who is all but certain to succeeded Kerry as committee chairman.
“I had no intention of raising it, but, you know, to suggest that spring break is a form of — a form of torture to the Castro regime — unfortunately, they are experts about torture,” Menendez said as he closed a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
Exit question: Was Flake aware ahead of the committee hearing, of news breaking on Menendez, in a possible attempt to bring up an embarrassing subject matter for the NJ Senator? (photo credit -,


Thane Eichenauer said...

A from Phoenix, Arizona: I think not.

The Right Guy said...

Who isn't from Phoenix?