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Friday, April 28, 2006

Duncan Hunter: Silent on Attendance at Duke's Hooker Parties

As KFMB Channel 8 of San Diego reports, Congressman Duncan Hunter is refusing to say whether he attended any of the Duke Cunningham poker-n-prostitute parties held in posh Washington D.C. hotels like the Watergate.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that federal investigators have expanded the Duke Cunningham bribery investigation to include queries into the procurement of prostitutes for Cunningham by the two defense contractors which bribed Cunningham, Brent Wilkes and Mitch Wade.

In light of that revelation, we called on all recipients of campaign contributions from Brent Wilkes and Mitch Wade to clarify for their constituents that they were never provided with any sexual partners by Wade or Wilkes. We focused on some of the politicians in the Top 10 recipients, particularly Idaho Senator Larry Craig, Representative Duncan Hunter, Rep. Jerry Lewis, and Rep. John Doolittle, all of whom steered federal dollars to Wilkes either directly or as chairman of a committee which approved the funding.

Well, we're still waiting to hear back from Craig, Doolittle, and Lewis, but Hunter has responded ... with silence on the question of whether he attended any of Duke's pajama parties with prostitutes. He also had this to say about Duke: "The congressman knows Mr. Cunningham very well and refuses to believe he would be unfaithful to his wife."

Time will tell whether Hunter is covering his ass or that of his friend Duke. But in the meantime, Hunter should step forward and make absolutely clear to his constituents that he in no way compromised either his representation of his district or the national security of the United States with his involvement with Wilkes and Wade.

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