Pressure is continuing to build on powerful Washington Democrats – including Eric Holder and our very own U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) – to recuse themselves from any and all aspects of the ongoing MF Global investigation.
One freshman GOP congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), is even calling for the appointment of an independent counsel.
Why? Because after serving as a U.S. Senator, Governor, and chief financier/bundler for Democrat candidates around the country (including the President of the United States), many of the folks responsible for ascertaining whether Corzine did anything untoward as CEO of MF Global cannot simply shrug off their obvious conflicts of interest. We cannot count on these individuals to impartially sift through the evidence and arrive at a just conclusion regarding Corzine’s possible culpability in this mess that has literally ruined tens of thousands of lives.
Menendez’s conflict is perhaps the most obvious of all: Corzine appointed him to fill his own vacated U.S. Senate seat!
Hence, Menendez’s presumptive 2012 GOP challenger is trying to make the most of it. Earlier today, Kyrillos met with Piscataway Drs. John and Alieta Eck. They’re echoing Kyrillos’s call for Menendez to recuse himself from further Senate Banking Committee proceeding concerning MF Global.
The Eck Family has suffered egregiously because of Jon Corzine’s former company, Save Jerseyans. They had $200,000 in a non-investment account that they say was wiped clean in the wake of MF Global’s implosion.
In a statement released through the campaign, Dr. Eck discussed how “My wife and I were devastated when money that we though was safe was taken from us with no explanation. We were counting on this money for our retirement, and now we many never see it again. We stand firmly with Senator Kyrillos in asking Bob Menendez to step aside from the MF Global investigation proceedings. The fact that Menendez failed to even mention the CEO Jon Corzine by name demonstrates that he is putting his personal relationship with Corzine ahead of the investors of MF global and the people of New Jersey. This requires a fair and comprehensive investigation, not a political whitewash.”
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