White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway group hits Ernst in new ad George Conway group contrasts Trump, Eisenhower in battleground states ad Sunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week MORE in recent days changed her Twitter bio to a midterms-themed description: “Jersey Girl embarrassed by Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezGOP’s Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst Government watchdog: ‘No evidence’ Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips No time to be selling arms to the Philippines MORE.”
The move comes as Conway raised eyebrows last week when she removed her White House title from her Twitter bio without explanation.
Conway is making reference to embattled Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) who is in a battle for his seat with Republican challenger Bob Hugin.
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Menendez faced a corruption trial last year but the Department of Justice ended up dropping the charges.
Prosecutors in his case alleged that the New Jersey Democrat took lavish gifts, vacations and campaign contributions from a Florida eye doctor in exchange for Menendez using his office to lobby on Melgen’s behalf.
Recent polls show Menendez extending to a solid lead over Hugin, but the race has been surprisingly close for deep-blue New Jersey.
Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up.”
In a poll earlier this month, 64 percent of New Jersey voters said the corruption and bribery charges Menendez faced were “about the same as what most other politicians do.” The senator led in the poll even as 45 percent of likely voters reported unfavorable views of him.
Hugin during an interview with AM 970 “The Answer” in New York said that Democrats are “embarrassed” to support Menendez following the corruption controversy.
The Republican challenger has also publicly distanced himself from President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, criticizing the president multiple times, seeking to appeal to moderate New Jersey voters.
This is not the first time New Jersey native Conway has slammed Menendez. She lashed out at the senator in 2017, calling the federal case against him “stunning.”