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Headlines Lawmaker Quits After He Pleads Guilty to Bribes


Seeker of Truth
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 - Representative Randy Cunningham, a Republican from San Diego, resigned from Congress on Monday, hours after pleading guilty to taking at least $2.4 million in bribes to help friends and campaign contributors win military contracts.
Randy Cunningham "enriched himself through his position and violated the trust of those who put him there," U.S. Attorney Carol Lam said.
Mr. Cunningham, a highly decorated Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, tearfully acknowledged his guilt in a statement read outside the federal courthouse in San Diego.
"The truth is, I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my office," he said. "I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions and, most importantly, the trust of my friends and family."
Mr. Cunningham, 63, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, tax evasion, wire fraud and mail fraud. He faces up to 10 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and forfeitures.
Prosecutors said he received cash, cars, rugs, antiques, furniture, yacht club fees, moving expenses and vacations from four unnamed co-conspirators in exchange for aid in winning military contracts. None of this income was reported to the Internal Revenue Service or on the congressman's financial disclosure forms, the government said.
Mr. Cunningham, who is known as Duke, lived while in Washington on a 42-foot yacht, named the Duke-Stir, owned by one of the military contractors that received tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts that prosecutors said Mr. Cunningham helped steer its way.
Mr. Cunningham, who is known for his combative conservatism and his emotional outbursts, served on the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee and as chairman of the House Intelligence subcommittee on terrorism and human intelligence.
"He did the worst thing an elected official can do," Carol C. Lam, the United States attorney, said in a statement. "He enriched himself through his position and violated the trust of those who put him there."
Mr. Cunningham's plea adds to the ethics cloud over the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush White House.

Hold on to your hats kids, this is just the beginning...this is SOP for this Administration...
I wonder if this guy admited his wrong doing of his own volition or under threat of exposure.

Anyway I think all politicians suck especially those in office..they of course are more capable of wrecking the country.

My biggest question though is when are Americans going to tire of corruption, and go to the polls to correct the situation...Then again I think responsible parties found guilty of tempting briberies should also face some kind of retribution as well..perhaps that would detour similar activities.


Original Dicksman
A few weeks back, around the time Delay and Libby were the headlines, the Onion ran an article stating that the mayor of Topeka was highest ranking member of the GOP not under indictment. At the rate the GOP is going, they may end up being right after all. They may have to forfeit the 2008 elections because all the their candidates have been convicted of criminal offenses.