Well, it’s official. Former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Viet Nam war ace, has resigned his office in disgrace and pleaded guilty to accepting over two million dollars in bribes from defense contractors.
I have a bit of passing interest in this case. I knew very little about Cunningham, but he had been chosen as the namesake of a warship featured prominently in the novels of James Cobb, which I do greatly enjoy. And now it’s going to be hard to pick up those books without the thought of Duke’s disgrace and shame — not to mention his crimes.