July 2, 2005

Randy "Duke" Cunningham, ultra-conservative, pure as the driven slush.

No wonder these guys are the first ones crying like stuck pigs when anyone dares to question their sterling integrity. When Republicans steal, they steal big. Big bad "Duke", a real man of the people, living aboard the 42ft yacht of a millionaire contributor he helped get government contracts. I'm sure "Duke" had ever reason to think he'd never be touched. After all, if you're a Republican, you can do no wrong. But this must be really bad if Rove didn't even call off the FBI.

WASHINGTON – In a dramatic sign of a fast-moving, bicoastal investigation, federal agents searched the Rancho Santa Fe home of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham yesterday, along with the Washington office of a defense contractor linked to the Republican congressman and the yacht where Cunningham had lived. The federal task force that conducted the coordinated, surprise raids on opposite coasts included agents from the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, said Debbie Weierman, an FBI spokeswoman in Washington.

"The operation is part of an ongoing investigation," she said.

It has been known for at least two weeks that the FBI and a federal grand jury in San Diego are investigating Cunningham's ties to Mitchell Wade, founder of MZM Inc.

On June 12, a story in The San Diego Union-Tribune revealed that the defense contractor bought Cunningham's Del Mar-area home in 2003 and later sold it at a $700,000 loss. Shortly after selling the house, Cunningham purchased his Rancho Santa Fe home for $2.55 million. Cunningham also lived aboard Wade's 42-foot yacht while in Washington.

Yesterday's raids and the overall pace of the investigations seemed to support speculation by some former MZM employees that Wade and Cunningham might have been under federal scrutiny for months and that the scope of the probe may go beyond the purchase of the house and use of the yacht.

MZM, which was founded in 1993, had no federal contracts until 2002. Since then, it has received $163 million in government contracts. Cunningham, a member of the influential House defense appropriations subcommittee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has said he supported Wade's efforts to win contracts.


At 7/03/2005 12:55 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Ok let me get this straight -- a Congressman - Youngster Cong Cunningham - who happens to be a Republican, is caught with his hand in the Defense Cookie Jar - and gives some of the cookies/money to a lot of his friends who happen to be Defense contractors.

Meanwhile, the BRAC is gonna close down Government run facilities and move jobs here and there - wasting more money since they have to build new buildings to do this --

Then the BRAC goal appears to be to shove more of the jobs to these scummy defense contract guys!!! Kind of like Halliburton -- are you following this??

Then the Ragg Dispatch puts Lane Evans on the front of every section of their paper every day re-running the story again and again about him and making the most negative comments they can about our Honorable and totally honest and wonderful Congressman!!!

What a bunch of crap. Why is the Dispatch and the Times ignoring this story??? Where is the outrage over the Congressman Cunningham's exploits---- who has been sitting on his "DukeStir" yacht reaping the bennies of all the pain and sorrow of the midwestern blue collar workers who have to endure this silly farce perpetrated by the BRAC??

And George Bush smiles and waves, puts on a flight suit and a helmet - actually sits and maybe even flies an aircraft with the cameras rolling -- while he says "I am a war president". Someone ought to drug test him and see if he's fit for flight duty -- since he has been avoiding that little test for years.

And on the July 4 holiday - the regular Joes of our Country are totally buying this load of crap while our kids go and fight and get maimed and killed - for what? The flag???

Comon -- this is for oil --for Haliburton and for the Bush Base of contributors - you know - the Elite and wealthy- not for any flag. We continue to ruin America's good reputation for our actions while at War in ways to hideous to describe and all the Republicans can do is say that we are right and they are wrong - no matter how much proof is publiclly reavealed about the bad management of the war, the prisoners, and the administrations wrong doing from the start. Of course add to that the fact that the only persons taking any blame for any of this are the front line soldiers - not any officers - not any administration folks - who set it up and let it happen and likely encouraged it.

This has the makings of a great Shakespearean Tragedy....

At 7/03/2005 5:55 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

....or a bad one.

Nice post.


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