The Duke Is Going To The Big House

From Right Wing News on June 13, 2005

“I can’t say that I know a whole lot about California Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) — well, other than the fact that he looks to be about as crooked as a dog’s hindleg.

…If Cunningham is honest (which I sincerely doubt), then he’s too dumb to be in Congress because even a nitwit should have been able to see the huge ethical morass lying dead ahead. However, if Cunningham is not honest, then he’s a crook who deserves to be tarred and feathered and then run out of Washington on a rail.

Either way, Randy “Duke” Cunningham deserves to lose his job.” — John Hawkins

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Yesterday, from the Associated Press:

Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.

Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Cunningham answered “yes, Your Honor” when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties.

Later, at a news conference, he wiped away tears as he announced his resignation.

“I can’t undo what I have done but I can atone,” he said.

Cunningham, an eight-term Republican congressman, had already announced in July that he would not seek re-election next year.

Here we have a wealthy Vietnam war hero who had a seat in Congress and now he’s going to lose it all because he was greedy and corrupt. I’m glad to see that justice is being done in this case because no one should be above the law, including Republican members of Congress.

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