Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is expected to go up on the air this week with a new TV ad highlighting incumbent Bob Menendez’s admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee.
The ad, called “Guilty,” hits Menendez for accepting gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgen and points out that the two-term Democrat was indicted on bribery charges.
While the 30-second ad says that Menendez broke federal law and accepted “private plane travel, luxury Caribbean vacations (and) a trip to a fancy Paris hotel,” it does not mention that a jury failed to convict the Senator after an eleven-week trial.
The Hugin campaign did not respond to a request sent at a very late hour for details of their media buy.
In a statement issued following the release of the ethics panel letter last week, Hugin communications director Megan Piwowar said that in an “era of extreme partisan gridlock, Republicans and Democrats in DC can only agree on one thing: Senator Menendez broke the law.”
“He has embarrassed New Jersey for far too long and needs to resign. He can try to ignore this, but four out of the six Ethics Committee members serve with him on the Foreign Relations Committee and agreed with the unanimous letter stating he violated federal law and Senate Rules,” Piwowar said.