Monday, November 28, 2005

That Dog Won't Hunt

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigned Monday after admitting he took $2.4 million as part of guilty pleas in a case that grew from an investigation into the sale of his home to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving payments in cash, vacations and antiques....Authorities said Cunningham steered defense contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to the people who bribed him.

From Carolina Journal Online:
Former First District Congressman Frank Ballance received a four-year prison sentence yesterday for his personal usage of state money, which he had obtained in grants for his non-profit organization when he was a leader in the State Senate.

Over at Oliver Willis, Mssr. Willis is claiming that the admitted crimes of Rep. Cunningham are somehow different than those of Congressman Ballance, and I couldn't disagree more. Corruption is corruption, whether your party affiliation is Democrat or Republican. To claim otherwise is, in my opinion, disingenuous.

The problems in our government are not limited to one party or another. They're endemic to politics as they're played in our nation's capital, and if one is to claim a desire for accountability then splitting hairs over congressman vs. state senator is to miss the point entirely.

Both men should be ashamed of themselves, and Mr. Willis should take a step back from his own party boosterism to recognize that a criminal act is a criminal act.


At 4:34 PM, Blogger Gary Freedman said...

Or as Gertrude Stein would say: A criminal act is a criminal act is a criminal act.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Or as my grandmother would say: "Dead is dead, Seymore."


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