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Sunday, June 26, 2005

North County times lays cover for Cunningham amid scandal...

It's starting to look like the NCTimes is covering for Duke. I don't like the way they are laying out this article and making it look like Duke has explained away his "above board transaction" or "poor judgement" without need for explanation.

Francine Busby has it right.

"Coming clean is more than just admitting what everybody already knows," Busby said. "It's about showing that your actions meet the high standards of honesty and integrity from a congressional representative."

The article lays out his explanation of what everyone already knows. Cunningham sold his home to a defense contractor, named Mitchel Wade. Elizabeth Todd, a large campaign contributor/realtor, may have over estimated the actually price by $700,000. Show us the comparables! Show us the perceived value that Elizabeth Todd wrote up! Show us the receipts of the numerous stays on the "Duke Stir"!

I would be the first person to stand up for protection of privacy, but he is a public servant. Doing the work of the people. The burden of proof lies up on him, if he wants to keep his job as an elected official.

In Washington, Keith Ashdown, vice president of policy and communications for Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan Washington budget watchdog, took issue with part of what Cunningham said."His statement that no congressman steers contracts to their favorite contractors is absolutely not true," Ashdown said. "It happens all the time."Committee members are very influential," Ashdown said. "They control the purse strings of the armed services and they can make military officials' lives miserable if they don't do what they are told."Ashdown added that Cunningham was presenting his own point of view but not offering any supporting documentation.

Cunningham is telling us what he wants to know. As constituents, we deserve to know more. It is too bad that our elected official doesn't know that.


  • The Duke does The Daily Show! Well, sort of. Thursday night, John Stewart did a great job of mocking Cunningham and his Flag Burning Amendment. His best line: "With Congressmen like Duke Cunningham, who needs the Supreme Court?"

    If you missed it, I think you'd get a kick out of it. It probably repeats Monday in the earlier Daily Show time slot (7pm?), or else find it Tivo'd.


    By Anonymous Sven, at 3:15 PM  

  • Right on! I'll try to catch that and post it!

    By Blogger macromayhem, at 6:10 PM  

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