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John Fetterman is out freelancing and it’s dividing the Democrat Party.
However Fetterman’s newest actions put the party in a bind.
And John Fetterman went on TV and developed one enormous headache for Chuck Schumer.
Fetterman was the first Democrat to call on fellow Democrat Senator Bob Menendez to resign after federal prosecutors prosecuted Menendez on corruption charges.
The indictment included shocking details that FBI representatives raided Menendez’s house and recuperated $480,000 in money, much of it stuffed in envelopes, and $100,000 in gold bars.
Appearing on radical left-wing activist Joy Reid’s MSNBC program, Fetterman described that he didn’t believe it was a close call in requiring Menendez resign.
“Honestly, I was in fact shocked that I was the first one. I mean, it’s so black and white. I imply, it’s so clear. The last time there’s ever been a man with so much cash in their house in New Jersey was Tony Soprano. You know? I mean, it’s not a– it’s not a– it’s not a close call, and if you were looking for the most incriminating kinds of evidence, nobody might even develop gold bars in a mattress. So, and once again, he’s entitled to have his day in court, but he is not entitled to stay in the Senate and he needs to go” Fetterman added.
But Fetterman’s decision to call for Menendez’s resignation divided the Democrat Party, a reality that Fetterman easily acknowledged.
“Obviously I don’t speak for anybody else in the Senate [other than] myself, however what I can say is that, you understand, he needs to go,” Fetterman continued.
But Fetterman exposed that his need that Menendez resign was not some deeply principled, anti-corruption stand.
Rather, it was based upon the cold political calculus that New Jersey is a solid blue state, and whoever New Jersey’s Democrat Governor selects to replace Menendez will win the election for a complete term, while Menendez running for re-election with this indictment hanging over his head might enable Republicans to flip the seat.
“New Jersey is a safe, blue seat, and they have a Guv prepared to select someone that’s all set to step in and make the kind of votes that he requires to do. And again, it’s never been about him. It has to do with the Senate and the integrity and he requires to go,” Fetterman concluded.