U.S. Senator Bob Menendez went up on the air today with a new TV ad that accuses Republican Bob Hugin of lying about allegations that the senator had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
The ad uses clips from Fox news personality Howard Kurtz, who was with CNN at the time, debunking the theory.
“The FBI has found no evidence in this case,” Kurtz is shown saying. “It’s clear that someone was out to smear Menendez.”
Kurtz also says that one prostitute said, “she was paid to lie about Menendez.”
“Hugin was willing to do anything to get rich, including misleading cancer patients. Now he’s willing to do anything to get elected, including lying,” a voice over announcer says in the ad. “Bob Hugin is willing to anything, except tell the truth.”
Despite fact checker stories in the Washington Post and New York Times discrediting Hugin’s ad, the Hugin campaign is doubling down on the claims.
“Senator Menendez is a hypocrite and a liar. While Menendez may want citizens of New Jersey to forget that the FBI had very specific allegations he had sex with underage women in the Dominican, our ad reminds them exactly what kind of a person they have in Bob Menendez,” said Megan Piwowar, a Hugin spokesperson. “New Jersey voters have a very clear choice: Do you believe the denials of corrupt, career politician Bob Menendez and convicted felon Salomon Melgen, or do you believe the FBI and the Obama Justice Department?”