"The 'Still in the Dark' award - A raspberry to U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Escondido, for reneging on a promise he made to his constituents to release financial records relating to his rent-free stay aboard a defense contractor's boat for more than a year.
Duke promised June 23 to compile and release information about the more than $13,000 in dock fees, service and maintenance that he says he paid in lieu of rent to live aboard Mitchell Wade's wonderfully named "Duke-Stir" boat. But Cunningham's lawyers are advising him against releasing the records, in light of a grand jury investigation and a federal probe into charges that Wade bribed the congressman to win Pentagon contracts.
That's sound legal advice. But Duke knew he was under investigation in June, and he had lawyers advising him then. That promise to come clean about his time in the "Duke-Stir" looks increasingly like unsupported spin designed to reassure his constituents that he was living in Wade's boat, not his pocket. The jury's still out, of course, but North County's eyebrows are raising ever higher.