Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Congressman Duke Cunningham Resigns

In the latest of a barrage of scandals besieging the Republican Party, California Congressman Duke Cunningham announced his resignation from the legislative body on Monday after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraudk, and tax evasion.
The investigation began in 2003, when Cunningham sold his California home to a defense contractor for the highly inflated price of $1.6 million. Using this money, Following the initial purchase, the defense contractor, whose company Cunningham had lobbied for, resold the house for $700,000.00 less that what he had bought it for. Cunningham received further bribes in the form of jewelry, antique furniture, and cash. Prosecutors estimate that the Congressman took a total of $2.4-2.5 million in bribes over a period of two years, enabling him to purchase, among other things, a yacht and a suburban Washington condominium.
The plea, already damaging to a Republican Party that has seen its top members under legal fire for the better part of 2005, threatens to become an even larger problem, with rumors circulating Capitol Hill that Cunningham will implicate other corrupt members of Congress in a deal with the prosecutor. If that happens, the Republican Party could face significant losses in its leadership. The debacle only adds fuel to an already growing fire surrounding the 2006 Congressional campaign.
Many Republicans are ominous about next year's elections, predicting that their party could lose control of both houses of Congress. That, coupled with a President whose approval rating is 35% and a strong pool of Democratic candidates for 2008, bodes ill for the Right and only too well for the Left.

4 Comments:

Blogger RightDemocrat said...

Duke Cunningham will get to keep his federal pension. Of course, millions of American workers will not receive a corporate pension thanks to the atmosphere of greed and corruption that "trickle down" Republicans have created in the past 25 years.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Editor said...

Too right. How's that alliance of conservative Democrats going?

10:41 AM  
Blogger RightDemocrat said...

Well, some of us conservative and moderate Democrats belong to the Blue Dog Yahoo Group which is still working on a website. The location will be http://www.bluedogdemocrat.org

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Editor said...

Thanks. Don't forget to visit republicanandproud.blogspot.com as part of our debate program with that site.

8:58 AM  

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