Duke ducks out
Well we won’t have “Duke” Cunningham to kick around anymore:
U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, under federal investigation for his dealings with a defense contractor, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election.
Cunningham made the announcement after calling a hastily arranged afternoon news conference.
The eight-term North County Republican read a brief written statement and did not take questions before ducking back into a library on the California State University, San Marcos campus.
“The time has come for me to conclude the public chapter in my life,” Cunningham said. “Quite simply, right now I may not be the strongest candidate.”
Cunningham, 63, is a member of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, both of which oversee the kind of classified intelligence work MZM does for the military.
In his few public remarks since falling under scrutiny, Cunningham has conceded that he showed “poor judgment” in selling his home to Wade but insisted any investigation would exonerate him.
On Thursday, he said he did not profit improperly from the sale of his Del Mar home. He added that he plans to sell the $2.55 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe he bought after selling the Del Mar home and donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
We assume that the charity will be the Duke Cunningham Legal Defense Fund.