Cunningham's co-conspirator and his 'hospitality suite'
Brent Wilkes (L), founder of ADCS Inc., is identified by officials as “co-conspirator No. 1” in the Randy “Duke” Cunningham bribery case. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
The GOP sleaze knows no bounds. First we have the revelation that Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the disgraced corrupt Congressman is yet another self-loathing GOP homo.
Now we find out one of the co-conspirators in Duke’s pocket-lining activities, formerly identified as “co-conspirator No. 1,” is lobbyist and military contractor Brent Wilkes. Cunningham received more than $630,000 in cash and favors (more on those possible favors later) from Wilkes.
It should be noted that Wilkes also served as San Diego County finance co-chairman of The Governator’s campaign and as state finance co-chairman for President Bush, but it looks like he was running something completely different in DC.
According to the U-T, Wilkes also “ran a hospitality suite, with several bedrooms, in” DC — “first in the Watergate Hotel and then” in a Capitol Hill hotel.
Come again? A “hospitality suite with several bedrooms”?
Talk about raising more questions, including:
— Why does a lobbyist need a “hospitality suite with several bedrooms”?
— Who uses those bedrooms and for what?
These lobbying scandals involving Cunningham and Wilkes and Abramoff are looking more and more like a bad movie script every day.
God, I am sick of the GOP claiming to be the party of values when you’ve got what looks like another Rethug rent-boy/rent-girl scandal just waiting to explode. Hey, was our boy Gannon working this story (in more ways than one)?
Look at who else is in Wilkes’s contact file, and the cushy way he benefited from those relationships.
Over the past 20 years, Wilkes has devoted much of his career to developing political contacts in Washington. He and his associates have spent at least $600,000 on political contributions and $1.1 million on lobbying beyond the gifts mentioned in the Cunningham plea agreement, as they cultivated such politicians as House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis.
And since 1996, he has received at least $95 million in government contracts for the small family of firms based in his $11 million headquarters in Poway, including ADCS Inc. and Group W.
If these were Democrats, you know it would be 24/7 on the newschannels, digging into the sex-potential of the story. Of course I really don’t want to visualize what kind of actual deviance goes on in a Republican “hospitality suite.”
Hat tip, BlogActive