Nov 28 2005
I have no sympathy for California Republican Congress Randy Duke Cunningham for taking bribes. He’s a crook:
Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges, admitting taking $2.4 million in bribes in a case that grew from an investigation into the sale of his home to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving payments in cash, vacations and antiques.
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.
Cunningham was a decorated war veteran (take note Murtha). And I can bet you the long term
carcasses congressman in power in DC do very similar things all the time.
What I do hope is this opens the doors to prosecute every last congressman and senator who has skirted the rules. We need to clean house and send a message – keep it clean and you can feed at the country’s payroll trough.
House Ethics rules say that any lawmaker convicted of a felony no longer should vote or participate in committee work. Under Republican caucus rules, Cunningham also would lose his chairmanship of the House Intelligence subcommittee on terrorism and human intelligence.
And pols wonder why hardworking, saving people in this country are fed up with them? It’s not bad enough they nag and denigrate us, but they cheat and lie too!