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Oh man.  Some stories just write themselves.  And the folks at the Muck have a doozy this evening.  It seems a Department of Homeland Security official testified to Congress Thursday under oath that Duke Cunningham never sent the DHS a letter recommending Shirlington Limos (you know, of Fornigate fame) for their transportation contract with the DHS.  (You know, just a favor among johns friends.)

Except Cunningham did — on his Congressional letterhead. 

And the DHS actually had the letter — which raises some interesting questions about whether that testimony under oath was deliberately less than truthful to provide CYA to the DHS and other political types who may also have been trying to influence the bidding process on behalf of Shirlington's hookermobiles services.  The letter reads something like this:

"[Shirlington owner Christopher Baker] has been of service to me and other Members of Congress over the years," Cunningham wrote in the letter, dated January 16, 2004. "Please be advised of my full support of his wish to provide transportation services for the Department of Homeland Security."

Can't. Stop. Laughing. 

Especially because Justin Rood, the reporter who nailed this story (ooops, sorry Justin!), preceded the Cunningham letter quote with this description:

Duke Cunningham, of course, is serving out an eight year-plus prison sentence for taking bribes. Federal investigators have been told that Shirlington ferried Duke around town, as well as prostitutes which serviced him.


Oh man, I so needed that.  One has to wonder, though, which other Members of Congress were "serviced" by Shirlington Limos over the years.  (Although the mental images of the possibilities are the stuff of nightmares, so perhaps we're all better off not speculating.  Ewww.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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