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Thirty Democrats spent the weekend sunning themselves on the beaches of Puerto Rico, enjoying the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC’s winter retreat in San Juan, while their colleagues back at home worked to negotiate an end to the ongoing government shutdown, and complained — loudly — that most federal workers have now missed a paycheck.

The timing could not have been worse for BOLD PAC’s annual roundtable weekend, where “key officials” met with members of the Puerto Rican government to discuss the ongoing Hurricane Maria relief efforts — but also to spend quality time soaking up rays on San Juan’s famous beaches, rubbing elbows with Puerto Rico’s VIPs, and attending a premiere performance of the musical “Hamilton,” starring the show’s A-list creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

And, the Washington Examiner reports, Democrats spent quality time with lobbyists from some of the world’s biggest corporations.

“Some 109 lobbyists and corporate executives are named in the memo, a rate of 3.6 lobbyists for every member. They include those from several big K Street firms, R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association,” according to the Examiner.

It does not appear that the vacation is all expenses paid (lawmakers covered their own “Hamilton” tickets, for example), but legislators reportedly received a free stay at a $429-per-night resort and most of their meals were covered.

“This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!” a planning memo said.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda began a two-week run of his hit play Friday in Puerto Rico to raise money for artists and cultural groups still struggling in wake of Hurricane Maria. Tickets for opening night ranged from $10 to $5,000, according to the Associated Press.

Eagle-eyed tourists spotted a handful of Democrats enjoying the beautiful Puerto Rican weather.

One Twitter user snapped a picture of Sen. Robert Menendez enjoying an impromptu meeting on the beach.

BOLD PAC did not release a list of legislators attending their annual event, but the Washington Examiner obtained a partial list from the resort.

Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was on the list, but her Washington, D.C. office insists that she did not make the trip.

Democrats justified the trip by claiming that the retreat was planned well in advance of the shutdown, and that Democrats were working hard on reopening the government even as they relaxed in 80 degree weather.

“House Democrats voted to open the government multiple times; sadly, Senate Republicans and President Trump are continuing to put partisan politics ahead of our country, forcing the government to remain shut down,” Bold PAC Chair Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) said in a statement.

“As our Bold PAC members make their way to Puerto Rico for this important weekend — the largest contingency of House Democrats to visit Puerto Rico where they’ll be hearing from Commonwealth and local elected officials about the ongoing recovery efforts — we will be closely monitoring the situation in Washington,” Bold PAC Chair Rep. Tony Cardenas said in a statement.

“If there is any progress by Senate Republicans or the White House to reopen the federal government, then we will act accordingly.”




    January 14, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Crooked Menendez partying with my tax money from NJ.Corey Hooker and Murphy are putting the wood to us taxpayers in NJ.I thought we were doing OK getting rid of Christie my mistake.

    • Seb

      January 14, 2019 at 1:38 am

      Any Democrat at this time is a big mistake

  2. william d budd

    January 14, 2019 at 1:30 am

    I love you guys, but don’t refer to that old lady as a bikini girl despite her failed attempt to wear one.

  3. Robbase2110

    January 14, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Y’all are so pathetic and sad. Smh.

  4. RAY SAY

    January 14, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Some how Congress got confused, thinking they are some kind of royalty, but are mere servants of the people.

    Menendez is a Pedi-Pig, and belongs in prison, that woman is one of his older ones

    • Rick Love

      January 14, 2019 at 3:02 am

      Menendez is probably asking her if her bedroom is flooded and if she has her electricity back yet. Another way to say your place or mine.

    • Olivia

      January 14, 2019 at 4:45 am

      How funny that the right begrudges Democrats enjoying a beach party, but is perfectly fine with Republicans raising the deficit to hand out fat tax cuts to the rich.

      You’ll never hear them admitting that Trump or his wealthy cronies are “mere servants of the people.”

      • Kirk Kelly

        January 14, 2019 at 5:03 am

        All demonrats know how to do is party at the expense of others. They create policies that support themselves while leaving the poor working stiff to suffer thru their planned destruction of humanity.

      • Vicky

        January 14, 2019 at 6:05 am

        Begrudging a beach party? The democrats voted for the fencing wall on the border in 2005-2006 and $25billion for border security in 2018, but they don’t want a wall. Walls are inanimate objects neither moral nor immoral. Walls are used on homes to keep criminals out! Walls work. Try living in a tent and see how long you last before a criminal steals it with your life. The tax cut wasn’t given to the rich, it was given to all taxpayers many of whom are the middle class. The democrats want big government and higher taxes. The Republicans want less taxes and less government control. People have more freedom with less government.

      • Michael

        January 14, 2019 at 7:42 am

        85% of Americans are enjoying those tax cuts, dumb-ass! That’s a lot more people than just the wealthy, but hey, ya know facts and all…Why should they matter, right? Go get a fucking clue, snowflake! You can take the first step by removing your head from your ass!

      • Ed

        January 14, 2019 at 3:11 pm

        Really, Olivia? I suspect you haven’t been listening well. Or could it just be TDS of the hippocampus?

      • Crash

        January 14, 2019 at 8:40 pm

        He handed out tax cuts to you too. IF you have a job. IF you pay taxes. IF you file your taxes, you cannot deny it. Yes, businesses got tax cuts, THAT’S WHY THEY ARE HIRING. Same tired line from all you Libs that refuse to educate yourselves past the headline on Facebook.

      • John

        January 15, 2019 at 10:37 am

        Same old worn out script. You were able to remember it though, good for you!

  5. Rocky

    January 14, 2019 at 1:53 am

    They play, we pay. What’s new ??

  6. Jon Wisdom

    January 14, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Tony Cardenas is an idiot – “If there is any progress by Senate Republicans or the White House …” Maybe if the democrats came to the negotiating table rather than asking the man they hate to bow to them something would happen. enjoy your vacation while YOU, yes YOU, keep the government closed.

    • Brian

      January 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

      The dumbocrats think Trump should be like Obama. Remember all the “rump swabbing” Obama did to the world’s leaders. The dumbocrats think they should receive the same treatment.

  7. J. Doyle

    January 14, 2019 at 2:12 am

    I cannot un-see that cellulite.

    • J. Doyle

      January 14, 2019 at 2:27 am

      How can you be that skinny and have that kind of cellulite?

      Why a bikini to show off those legs?

      Bad liposuction?

      I live on the coast. I love the beach and a pool, but seriously… this is just tragic fashion sense.

      So many questions…

    • judith bormann

      January 14, 2019 at 5:11 am

      It’s hard to miss..

  8. Gary Bear Millsaps

    January 14, 2019 at 2:13 am

    ………. and? I would never expect this worthless lot to be down at the Washington National Cathedral praying for guidance in this Democrat Shutdown mess. So this doesn’t surprise.

  9. Tim

    January 14, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Just a little fun & sun right? Perfect timing……

  10. Edna Barefoot

    January 14, 2019 at 2:23 am


    • Vicky Kazem

      January 14, 2019 at 5:34 am

      Thousands of people have walked away from the democrat party. They marched in celebration on Washington D.C. and in Texas. The biased democrat media didn’t cover the march. Watch the #WalkAway videos. The democrats are globalists now, they aren’t for the people.

  11. Deb

    January 14, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Wrong on so many levels. The lobbyists are looking for favors, these fine government employees all want to be president–so they are looking for money. Will be interesting to see who contributes to campaigns and what the lobbyist get from our government. They don’t need a party in PR to see how recovery efforts are doing!!!!

  12. Linda

    January 14, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Nancy couldn’t make this trip. Still recovering from her recent Hawaiian vacation.

  13. John Q

    January 14, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Don’t worry, Bob is just there for the coke and underage hookers

  14. Richard

    January 14, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Remember the old saying burn me once but not twice? SOME PEOPLE NEVER LEARN DO THEY.

  15. Dan

    January 14, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Publish the list so that “We the people “ can decide if they need to be voted out in the next election !

    • Marlitt Arnouville

      January 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

      Amen ! Yeah the Democrats are working real hard for the tax payers!

      • Dean Perry

        January 14, 2019 at 5:39 am

        At least Democrats aren’t paying off porn stars…

        • Vicky

          January 14, 2019 at 5:53 am

          Rich people have a long history of paying people to not say things for print. Just because someone wants to sell a story doesn’t make it a true story. The rich have paid to keep lies and truth out of the press. Watch the body language videos interpreted by experts of these story tellers. They smirk because they are telling a fabricated story, not the truth!

        • Michael

          January 14, 2019 at 7:48 am

          No, they’re paying prostitutes instead.

          And last I checked, Stormy Daniels was ordered to pay all of Trump’s legal fees? So, you were saying? I’d say nice try, but it’s not, it’s a pathetic attempt by a pathetic person.

        • Ed

          January 14, 2019 at 3:19 pm

          And you know this how, Dean?

    • Vicky

      January 14, 2019 at 5:41 am

      Menendez was already voted as one of the most corrupt politician in Congress and he was indicted on charges. The jury was hung, no surprise from a corrupt politician.

  16. Don Anders

    January 14, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Wanna bet that we taxpayers paid all expenses for this vacation. Let’s not kid ourselves, these people think they are royalty and that they shouldn’t have to pay for anything, and they don’t. If we don’t the lobbyist will.

    • Dean Perry

      January 14, 2019 at 5:39 am

      I agree… let Trump pay for Melania’s bodyguards.

      • Annette

        January 14, 2019 at 8:41 am

        Why should he ? All Presidents wives have body guards. Melania is no different.

  17. Rebecca Holstine

    January 14, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Dean Perry, I seldom call anyone out, but you are so hateful and have such a mixed up mind you need called out. First our President hasn’t paid off any porn stars, and since he has been in the White House there aren’t even any rumors that he is paying them off. Second, why should Pres.Trump pay for Melania’s bodyguards? All First Ladies have had bodyguards and she does happen to be the First Lady. Stormy tried to extort money from him, as women like her do to all rich men. And they pay them money just to get rid of them. The hate is doing you more harm that it is Pres. Trump . You need to get rid of it, or you will be damaged forever by the time he is out of office.

    • Michael

      January 14, 2019 at 7:51 am

      Don’t even take this loser seriously. He’s nothing but a troll who comes on here every day to try and antagonize people. He’s a loser with no life and that’s why he does it. It’s the only enjoyment the jack-ass gets out of his miserable life. Don’t feel the need to be so polite. He’s a douche-bag and deserves to be treated as such.

  18. Maria Fregulia

    January 14, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I am in agreement with you statement Rebecca Holstine. We have to begin making people accountable when they make such unintelligent statements.

  19. Irene Renner

    January 14, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    He belongs in jail and hes not the only dem down there when they should ve working up here. Working hhaha ??? There are 30 down there partying

  20. James Kelly

    January 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    “Puerto Rico’s VIPs”?

  21. jimmie boswell

    January 14, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    hey menendez, you are not looking at her face.

  22. Linda C

    January 14, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Yes, these Democrats are in Puerto Rico with the lobbyists. And, just like a fairy tale, rooms and most food are free. Might be intuition, but I doubt that the shutdown is the topic at hand. Wonder what they are agreeing to give away at our expense???

  23. richard smith

    January 14, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Cottage cheese anyone? Boring offtrack thread.

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