g.o.p. congressman gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar

Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham becomes the most recent Republican member of the House to get caught screwing the country he vowed to serve. Here’s a clip from an article that just ran in his hometown San Diego paper. If you get a chance, spread the word. It’s going to get lost in the sea of meaningless Michael Jackson coverage unless we keep it alive.

A defense contractor with ties to Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham took a $700,000 loss on the purchase of the congressman’s Del Mar house while the congressman, a member of the influential defense appropriations subcommittee, was supporting the contractor’s efforts to get tens of millions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon.

Mitchell Wade bought the San Diego Republican’s house for $1,675,000 in November 2003 and put it back on the market almost immediately for roughly the same price. But the Del Mar house languished unsold and vacant for 261 days before selling for $975,000.

Meanwhile, Cunningham used the proceeds of the $1,675,000 sale to buy a $2.55 million house in Rancho Santa Fe. And Wade, who had been suffering through a flat period in winning Pentagon contracts, was on a tear — reeling in tens of millions of dollars in defense and intelligence-related contracts…

I think now would be as good a time as any to begin those “War Profiteering” hearings, wouldn’t you?

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  1. john galt
    Posted June 14, 2005 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    this is why i’m glad I don’t live in Cali. It only sold for a measly 1mil.. Christ how do people afford to live there? And you have to deal with earthquakes, floods, fires, and the inevitable mudslide.

  2. Tony Buttons
    Posted June 15, 2005 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    This is America – no one cares about Republican hands in cookie jars. If it were a Democratic wiener in a nookie jar though – Look out!

  3. john galt
    Posted June 15, 2005 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Yes but dems get a free ride if they drown their dates in 4 feet of water and then run for home (i.e Ted Kennedy)

  4. mark
    Posted June 16, 2005 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    In Teddy’s defense, at least he doesn’t walk around hand in hand with the Suadi’s.

  5. john galt
    Posted June 16, 2005 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    ok if thats worse than murder, then I’ll concede the point. I feel for that poor womans family.. They lost a daughter and Teddy got richer.

  6. Ken
    Posted June 16, 2005 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    While we are bringing up such topical items to discuss, I want to mention that that William Howard Taft sure was a fat ass.

  7. mark
    Posted July 4, 2005 at 9:55 pm | Permalink


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