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Rep. 'Duke' Cunningham resigns after guilty plea

“He did the worst thing an elected official can do — he enriched himself through his position and violated the trust of those who put him there.”
— U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, on Republican California Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s guilty pleas

This member of the “party of values” needs his entry in the Conservative Values Monitor updated, Russ. Tee hee. He entered pleas of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, tax evasion and wire fraud. Whatta guy! (AP):

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. [Boo-f*cking-hoo…]

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

…The former Vietnam War flying ace was known on Capitol Hill for his interest in defense issues and his occasional temperamental outbursts. After the hearing, Cunningham was taken away for fingerprinting and released on his own recognizance until a Feb. 27 sentencing hearing. He could receive up to 10 years in prison.

He also agreed to forfeit to the government his Rancho Santa Fe home, more than $1.8 million in cash and antiques and rugs. In a statement, prosecutors said Cunningham admitted to receiving at least $2.4 million in bribes paid to him by several conspirators through a variety of methods, including checks totaling over $1 million, cash, rugs, antiques, furniture, yacht club fees and vacations.

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