Is Menendez the Choice?
Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) interrupted a trip to Puerto Rico over the weekend to return to the Garden State to meet with Gov.-elect. Jon Corzine (D), according to several knowledgeable sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the private nature of the meeting.
The sources would not discuss the nature of the meeting, though it seems likely to have been centered on Menendez's possible appointment to the remaining year of Corzine's Senate term. Many informed New Jersey observers expect Corzine to announce his pick this week. Menendez has been mentioned as the likely pick, though Reps. Rob Andrews, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone are also in the mix.
Menendez's political opponents -- both within the Democratic Party and in the GOP -- appear to be circulating negative stories about him in the press, such as a New York Times article from last week that mentioned Menendez's relationship with a top aide.
In related Menendez news, The Coronado Project, a Hispanic advocacy group, sent a memo to interested parties Sunday presenting the case for Menendez. "Choosing Menendez to fill his post, Corzine can instantly install someone to the Senate who because of his experience in a leadership position in the House can automatically add energy and real public policy experience to the national Democratic leadership as it prepares to shape next year's election strategy," the memo says. "They also would have comeone who understands how to shape nuanced strategies so as to maintain Latinos as an integral part of the party's victories in days to come."
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