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GOP turns a blind eye to allegedly corrupt Senator's antics

Faced with a sprawling criminal indictment for corruption, and fighting for his political life, Sen. Robert Menendez should be a tempting target for Republicans. But rather than demanding Menendez resign, the GOP has stayed eerily quiet.

Republicans like Gov. Chris Christie say Menendez deserves his day in court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been mum. And the Republican National Committee is focused on other targets — namely Hillary Clinton.

The hands-off approach — while not a defense of the New Jersey senator — underscores a private GOP calculation: If Menendez lingers in office with the indictment hanging over his head, the worse it looks for Democrats.

“From our perspective, the longer he stays in the seat, the better off we’ll be,” said one top Republican who asked not to be named to discuss the political calculation candidly.

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This is not just about keeping silent to allow the Democrats to hang themselves with an allegedly corrupt senator within their midst. No, it's more about protecting Menendez who although a Democrat, has always held a special place in the heart of his GOP colleagues who know he stands strong with them on issues such as supporting Netanyahu's version of an ideal middle east and his Iran tirades while denigrating Obama, and of course, on the Cuban issue, for which Menendez has a special interest based on his ethnicity and Cuban roots.