Cunningham to Plea for Mercy
by Duckman GR
[Update-that would be one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy: mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes.]
Pure corruption, pure arrogance, pure violation of the public trust. And that won't help wade and company either. And remember, dukestir was a big part of delay's machine, the enforcer, the "War Hero," the flag waver.
Here it is, laid out in the starkest terms: "Between the year 2000 and June of 2005 in our district, you conspired to accept bribes in exchange for performance of official duties. Did you do that?" Judge Burns asked Cunningham.
"Yes, your honor," Cunningham replied.
"Did you take both cash payments and payments in kind?"
"Yes, your honor," the congressman said.
"Did you follow up by trying to influence the Defense Department?"
"Yes, your honor."
Read it and weep, weep for what these people are doing, have done, to our country, to our future, to our honor and dignity. And I wait with bated breath for the condemnation from george w bushco and friends.
In a sad turn of events, Republican enforcer Randy "I like Boats" Cunningham, seems to be set to plead guilty to unspecified federal charges tied to all of his deals with defense contractors, most likely to include some versions of bribery, solicitation, campaign finance impropriety, mail fraud, just general thuggish behavior, oh, the list could be long given all the boat and property and arm twisting related shenanigans as chronicled by Josh Marshall and me and others.
Here's a brief timeline by the ever solicitous San Diego Union Tribune, my favorite being the Oct 9th, 2002 entry.
Shall we shed crocodile tears for randy? Shall we say the Democrats do it too? And how long will it take for the goppers to start that serenade? The gop is corrupt, taken over by reprehensible men and women embodied by Big Time and Bully Bush and Jean Schmidt. They don't care, don't have our interests at heart, their only concern is themselves and their lust, a lust formed by their own stunted development as human beings, starved of affection and humanity.
In related news, Francine Busby, who has pointed out the inevitability of this, can use a boost, so see what she has to say.
Am I happy at this development? No. Justice isn't a matter of emotional highs, it's a matter of rightness, and randy cunningham going down is perfectly right and just. And there's a lot more to follow.
[slightly edited for grammer from original post]