Valentine's Dinners Called into Question
Barrington, NJ - For the past two years, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) has enjoyed an intimate Valentine's Day dinner with his wife, Camille. The only problem is that he apparently charged those meals to his campaign expense account.
According to Andrews' Federal Election Commission report, he dined at the exclusive Anthony's restaurant in Haddon Heights on the following dates: February 13 and 14, 2010; and February 14, 2009. The total for the three meals was $460.00. Andrews' FEC report also shows $371.00 worth of meals at Anthony's on May 7 and 8, 2010; and May 8, 2009. All three dates coincide with Mother's Day weekend for the years in question.
"Mr. Andrews may have a perfectly good explanation for these expenses," said First District Congressional Candidate Dale Glading (R-Barrington). "However, because of their suspicious nature, I think he owes it to his constituents to make that explanation public."
"I am sure that Congressman Andrews realizes that to treat an immediate family member to dinner with campaign funds is a serious violation of federal election law," Glading continued. "But from all appearances, that's exactly what he may have done."
"If indeed that is the case, Mr. Andrews' sense of entitlement, cultivated over 20 years as a Washington insider, has resulted in his breaking the very laws that he has sworn to uphold and defend," concluded Glading.