WASHINGTON D.C. – On October 26, 2018, incumbent Democrat Senator Bob Menendez met Republican challenger Bob Hugins in New Jersey. Generally, polls show that in the contest between Hugin and Menendez, Hugins won the debate. Furthermore, signs in support of Hugins outnumber support for Menendez.
Menendez spoke about the Affordable Care Act legislation and its failure. Particularly in the sense of poor initial program implementation and negative economic consequences for small and minority businesses.
The shattered incumbent expressed no support for the income credits he so verily admonishes President Trump for implementing as part of the tax reform. Not to mention the administration’s simplification of the tax code to a half a page of information.
Hugin touts his support for cancer research as what individuals need most.
Menendez carries heavy baggage
The issue of corruption, however, still lingers over Menendez.
Voters can look past his sexual indiscretions but not the mismanagement of their tax dollars. Outward signs are that New Jersey voters seem to have reached a verdict on the nearly $1 million in gifts and donations Menendez took from Dr. Salomon Melgen. $1 million paid in exchange for the favors that Menendez recompensed to the doctor.
Favors such as arranging visas for the doc’s “girlfriends” from Brazil, Ukraine, and the Dominican Republic, as well as intervening with federal agencies on behalf of Melgen. A friend of Menendez, Melgen was found guilty of Medicare fraud to the tune of $73 million.
A $73 million fraud eventually starts hurting the communities Menendez represents with his brand of poor, reckless fiscal mismanagement. Medicare fraud is not good health care. However, It is what Menendez is about.
Menendez notwithstanding, OIG recovered almost 2 billion in similar types of fraud.
The notion of fair comes to mind when considering Menendez’s bid for election. Democratic leaders will be hard pressed to convince those tired and weary base voters that coming out for Menendez is going to significantly help them. Democrats have not made any substantial policy shifts since the last election. Nothing substantial enough to put them more in line with the national sentiment.
Why that impacts the communities they serve
President Trump is overseeing a better economy which means his approval rating is higher than President Obama prior to the 2014 midterm elections. (Obama’s Unpopularity Affected Democrats in Midterm Elections)
Moreover, a good economy and approval ratings go hand-in-hand.
President Trump’s improvements in the cities across America clearly starts affecting Senate elections. Low unemployment, particularly among Urban blacks and Hispanics may mean Democrats will not see the blue raid envisioned in the House or Senate.
Efforts are being noticed by evangelical and black voters who see that the Trump cabinet reflects the Christian Family values cherished by many. Envision centers, for example, under Dr. Ben Carson, give urban communities the ability to improve their lives, find jobs, and bring other positive changes back into their communities.