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December 8, 2005
Re "Cunningham's Fall From Grace, Power," Dec. 5 Recently resigned Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) has admitted committing a string of felonies. But he has not been charged with the worst crime he committed, which was trying to get an honest public official, Pentagon official Lou Kratz, fired for doing his job. Cunningham took a bribe and Kratz got in the way of the payoff on the bribe. This despicable act of trying to destroy an honest man's career needs to be remembered when the judge decides the length of his sentence.
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February 2, 2007
Re "A deal in the desert for Senator Reid?" Jan. 28 How does Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believe he didn't do anything wrong with that sweet land deal he got from his friend? One hundred and sixty acres below appraised value is some gift. What Reid did was just as wrong as what former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) did. DANIEL FUNICELLO North Hills No one is shocked by Reid's land deal. Ask most folks about the trust and respect they have for our leaders in Washington and you probably will learn that attorneys and used-car purveyors have moved ahead of legislators in the credibility category.
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OPINION
March 2, 2006
Re "Tough Sentence Urged for Cunningham," March 1 The lawyers for former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) are playing the "sick old man should be with his family" card. California just executed a blind, infirm, elderly man. If the law can demand geriatric execution, and Cunningham's party members are the crime fighters they claim to be, why would this even be considered? His are the actions of a criminal and should be treated as such. LARRY RASNICK Clawson, Mich.
OPINION
March 2, 2006
Re "Tough Sentence Urged for Cunningham," March 1 The lawyers for former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) are playing the "sick old man should be with his family" card. California just executed a blind, infirm, elderly man. If the law can demand geriatric execution, and Cunningham's party members are the crime fighters they claim to be, why would this even be considered? His are the actions of a criminal and should be treated as such. LARRY RASNICK Clawson, Mich.
OPINION
December 6, 2005
Re "Cunningham's Fall From Grace, Power," Dec. 5 Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) sold his soul so he could live in a big house. Now he's looking at 10 years in the Big House. Poetic justice, no? PAUL JACKSON Chatsworth The story Dec. 3 in the California section stating, "Under Office of Personnel Management rules, Cunningham can keep his congressional pension despite the guilty plea," is as clear an indication of the corruptive behavior of our elected officials as anyone might invent.
OPINION
February 2, 2007
Re "A deal in the desert for Senator Reid?" Jan. 28 How does Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believe he didn't do anything wrong with that sweet land deal he got from his friend? One hundred and sixty acres below appraised value is some gift. What Reid did was just as wrong as what former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) did. DANIEL FUNICELLO North Hills No one is shocked by Reid's land deal. Ask most folks about the trust and respect they have for our leaders in Washington and you probably will learn that attorneys and used-car purveyors have moved ahead of legislators in the credibility category.
OPINION
November 30, 2005
Re "Rep. Cunningham Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Resigns," Nov. 29 Now that former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) has pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion in a political corruption case, will the government go after Mitchell Wade and MZM Inc. for allegedly giving those bribes? According to court documents, they got $163 million in contracts illegally. Shouldn't they have to return that money? Shouldn't they have to pay a price for undermining the United States?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) wrote to prosecutors on behalf of a New York developer who later bought his boat and helped finance his house and condo. The developer, Thomas T. Kontogiannis, was under investigation in a bribery and kickback scheme involving school computer contracts when Cunningham wrote to the Queens district attorney on Oct. 19, 2000. In his letter, faxed on congressional stationery to Queens Dist. Atty. Richard A.
NATIONAL
February 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A defense contractor has agreed to plead guilty for his role in lavishing more than $1 million in gifts on former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe), two federal law enforcement officials said. Mitchell Wade was expected to enter his guilty plea today in U.S. District Court in Washington, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges against Wade and the plea agreement had not been made public.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The CIA's former No. 3 official and a defense contractor pleaded not guilty to federal charges resulting from an investigation that has sent former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) to prison. Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo used his position as executive director of the CIA to steer business to San Diego defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes, who offered his lifelong friend a job and lavished him with vacations and other gifts, according to a federal indictment.
OPINION
December 8, 2005
Re "Cunningham's Fall From Grace, Power," Dec. 5 Recently resigned Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) has admitted committing a string of felonies. But he has not been charged with the worst crime he committed, which was trying to get an honest public official, Pentagon official Lou Kratz, fired for doing his job. Cunningham took a bribe and Kratz got in the way of the payoff on the bribe. This despicable act of trying to destroy an honest man's career needs to be remembered when the judge decides the length of his sentence.
OPINION
December 6, 2005
Re "Cunningham's Fall From Grace, Power," Dec. 5 Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) sold his soul so he could live in a big house. Now he's looking at 10 years in the Big House. Poetic justice, no? PAUL JACKSON Chatsworth The story Dec. 3 in the California section stating, "Under Office of Personnel Management rules, Cunningham can keep his congressional pension despite the guilty plea," is as clear an indication of the corruptive behavior of our elected officials as anyone might invent.
OPINION
November 30, 2005
Re "Rep. Cunningham Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Resigns," Nov. 29 Now that former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) has pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion in a political corruption case, will the government go after Mitchell Wade and MZM Inc. for allegedly giving those bribes? According to court documents, they got $163 million in contracts illegally. Shouldn't they have to return that money? Shouldn't they have to pay a price for undermining the United States?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) wrote to prosecutors on behalf of a New York developer who later bought his boat and helped finance his house and condo. The developer, Thomas T. Kontogiannis, was under investigation in a bribery and kickback scheme involving school computer contracts when Cunningham wrote to the Queens district attorney on Oct. 19, 2000. In his letter, faxed on congressional stationery to Queens Dist. Atty. Richard A.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The House Ethics Committee launched several investigations Wednesday, focusing on a Republican linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and on a Democrat at the center of a separate bribery probe. The bribery investigations of Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and William J. Jefferson (D-La.) will determine whether they violated House rules. The Justice Department is conducting bribery investigations of the two, who have denied wrongdoing.
NATIONAL
March 16, 2006 | Tamara Lytle, Orlando Sentinel
Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) used a national television audience Wednesday night to try to jump-start her faltering Senate campaign, announcing that she would pour $10 million of her own money into the race. Harris' appearance on the Fox News program "Hannity & Colmes" capped weeks of speculation about whether she would drop out of the race against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) because of problems with fundraising and staff turnover.
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