A number of Democrats are returning campaign money they have received from New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez in the wake of his federal bribery indictment.
Not U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
A spokesman for the Wisconsin Democrat said Baldwin will wait to see the outcome of the Menendez case.
“Senator Baldwin believes the charges against Senator Menendez are serious but that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and he is entitled to his day in court,” said John Kraus, communications director for Baldwin.
“If he is found guilty and convicted, the campaign will donate the same amount it received three years ago.”
Menendez’s leadership PAC, New Millennium, gave $5,000 to Baldwin’s campaign in October 2012, when she was in a tight race with former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
While I absolutely support the premise that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, Sen. Baldwin’s decision to keep money her campaign received from Sen. Menendez’s PAC simply doesn’t pass the smell test. It’s disappointing, especially considering I’d venture to guess her campaign doesn’t really need the money.