Monday, November 28, 2005

Bye Bye Randy Cunningham (R-CA)

Conspiracy to commit Bribery, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Tax Evasion.

The litany of virtues never cease!

3 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

His resignation letter. At least the man has the balls to admit what he's done (finally) and start to make things right. I wonder how many other crooks on the right will do the same? Paging Mr. DeLay. . .

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I am resigning from the House of Representatives because I've compromised the trust of my constituents.

When I announced several months ago that I would not seek re-election, I publicly declared my innocence because I was not strong enough to face the truth. So, I misled my family, staff, friends, colleagues, the public -- even myself. For all of this, I am deeply sorry.

The truth is -- I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.

Some time ago, I asked my lawyers to inform the U.S. Attorney Carol Lam that I would like to plead guilty and begin serving a prison term. Today is the culmination of that process. I will continue to cooperate with the government's ongoing investigation to the best of my ability.

In my life, I have known great joy and great sorrow. And now I know great shame. I learned in Viet Nam that the true measure of a man is how he responds to adversity. I cannot undo what I have done. But I can atone. I am now almost 65 years old and, as I enter the twilight of my life, I intend to use the remaining time that God grants me to make amends.

The first step in that journey is to admit fault and apologize. The next step is to face the consequences of my actions like a man. Today, I have taken the first step and, with God's grace, I will soon take the second.

Monday, November 28, 2005 6:29:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Paul,

Don't read too much into this letter. They caught the defense contractor in the process of destroying documents when they raided their offices. Everyone knew that Duke was dead to rights months ago. He's just pulling a Jimmy Swagart. There's no real emotion there, it's all an act. You think a cold-blooded criminal like that has feelings? I doubt it.

Demo

Monday, November 28, 2005 6:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I just read the letter -- I see no reason not to take it at face value. Swaggart was facing nothing but possibly less incoming funds.

This guy's going to jail -- at 65. I, for one, think that rehabilitation is real, and this guy is at least trying, as far as I can tell.

Don't know how you can know that Cunningham is a "cold-blooded criminal" at heart. Seems an awfully rightwing position to take. These were run-of-the-mill white-collar crimes. Wrong? Of course. Could this letter be self-serving? Maybe. Could it also at the same time be heartfelt. You bet.

Beware total certainty and a lack of empathy.

Thursday, December 01, 2005 9:10:00 AM  

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