Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Dude, where's my ethics?

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators. Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Cunningham answered "yes, Your Honor" when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties. Later, at a news conference, he wiped away tears as he announced his resignation. "I can't undo what I have done but I can atone," he said. (BreitBart)

I found it interesting that he became tearful during the press conference announcing his resignation. Was he crying because of his behavior, or crying that he was caught and will now face jail time?

His letter of resignation is here.

UPDATE: As of 12:57 AM EST on 12/1/05, still no mention on his website about his resignation.

UPDATE 2: The site now discusses how the office will operate as a vacant post.

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