Duke's demise

Congressman cast his own ethics into doubt

Sunday, July 17, 2005 - For the first time in a great while, Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham has done something that benefits all of his constituents and not just himself: He's called an end to his political career.

Smart move, Duke. It's about time.

The San Diego Republican was operating under a dark ethical cloud after it became known that he sold his home at an inflated price to a federal defense contractor, which, in turn, resold the house for $700,000 less.

This came at a time when the Southern California real-estate market was booming.

While no crime has been proved, it sure looks like the contractor was buying the support of the congressman, who just so happened to serve on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

In calling it quits, Duke said, "Quite simply, right now I may not be the strongest candidate."

You don't say.


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