LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 - Concerned that the stain of former Representative Randy Cunningham's admission that he took bribes and evaded taxes could damage the party's prospects, President Bush and other Republican leaders issued strong denunciations of Mr. Cunningham's actions on Tuesday...
Oh, why, oh why do President Bush and other Republican leaders insist on engaging in the politics of personal destruction? Why are they criminalizing conservative politics?
Though some Republican officials said Democrats in Congress were equally guilty of questionable behavior...
...both they and the New York Times failed to specifically say who...but that's good journalism to just leave that hanging out there...
Mr. Cunningham, an eight-term representative from San Diego, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he took at least $2.4 million in bribes to steer Pentagon contracts to two friends. He announced his resignation from Congress hours after entering his plea.
Representative David Dreier, the California Republican who heads the House Rules Committee, said Mr. Cunningham had violated the ethical standards of the House and was right to resign immediately.
Yes, it was right of Cunningham to resign immediately. On November 29th. After his corruption was discovered on or about July 12th.
Yes, resigning immediately, four months after being caught, was the right thing to do. Even in disgrace, the Duke was honorable. Even if he first, before immediately resigning, collected another four months of taxpayer provided salary and benefits (that's $162, 000 a year, or about fifty grand before he immediately pled guilty and resigned) while blatantly and publicly lying and insisting that he hadn't done anything wrong:
While insisting he did nothing illegal or dishonorable, the former top gun Navy pilot admitted he showed "poor judgment" in 2003 when he sold his home in Del Mar, California, to a friend, Mitchell Wade, the founder of MZM Inc., a large defense contractor…
Cunningham said while he continues to believe he received a "reasonable price" for the Del Mar home, he and his wife will sell their current home, where they had planned to retire, and donate part of the proceeds to charity to demonstrate to their friends and supporters "that I did nothing wrong.
And, of course, it was right of the House Republicans, particularly David Dreier, who heads the House Rules Committee, to not do a single goddam thing about an eight term Republican, sitting on a committee responsible for about four billion dollars of defense and intelligence spending, in a "time of war", who was clearly guilty of taking millions of dollars in bribes in the conduct of his official duties.
For four months.
Sure, sure, the guy's innocent until proven guilty--even if he is living on a yacht named the "Duke Stir", which is owned by a defense contractor Cunningham has directed millions of taxpayer dollars to. But, even so, it takes a pretty shrivelled up, blackened, corrupt heart to congratulate the guy on immediately resigning four months after getting caught.
That's some vigilant public service, waiting for the dude to enter a guilty plea before saying or doing shit about it. Then running like hell from him.
Sleep well, America.