Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ex-Rep Duke Cunningham Very Good to Wilson, Pearce

In a tearful resignation press conference reminiscent of, well, any of Heather Wilson’s forced crying episodes, Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham gave up his Congressional seat as he pled guilty to tax evasion, conspiracy and fraud.

And as another Republican Congressman faces the Courts, we start to hear about all the awful things they’ve done. And then we ask ourselves, hmm I wonder what their relationship was to our own members of Congress here in New Mexico? And if they, let’s say, contributed to our New Mexican Congresspeople -- were the funds they used to contribute to our members generated by their illegal activity? Hmm, we wonder . . . .

And now we know that ex-Republican Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham was pretty generous to our own New Mexico Members of Congress Heather Wilson and Congressman Stevan Pearce.

Duke Cunningham gave $1000 to Wilson in 1998 and his PAC, the “American Prosperity PAC” gave $3000 to Wilson in 2004 and $1000 to Wilson in 2000. So, Wilson’s campaign was the beneficiary of $5,000 from Duke Cunningham’s committees. Wilson and Cunningham also sit on the House Intelligence committee together (until Cunningham resigned).

Congressman Steve Pearce received $1000 from Duke Cunningham’s campaign in 2003 and $2000 from Cunningham’s PAC in 2002. So, Pearce received $3000 from Duke Cunningham sources.

It has been alleged that Cunningham traded favors for campaign contributors. Contributions from Cunningham’s accounts made it into Wilson and Pearce’s campaign accounts.

So, will Wilson and Pearce return the contributions they received from Duke Cunningham? Wilson sent back about a quarter of the money she received from indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Now that Cunningham has pled guilty, will she do the same?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Green Party Eyeing WIlson-Madrid Race

Word comes that the Green Party is on a recruitment hunt for a candidate to run for Heather Wilson's seat. Are they running against Heather? Not really, they're running against Patricia Madrid. The Greens have a long standing vendetta against Madrid because she ruled against their party status a few years back.

Unfortunate that the Greens, who talk about being a party of principles, throw up a candidate against Wilson not because they disagree with her on the issues or with Madrid on the issues but becasue they want to get back at someone who crossed their party.

Sounds like old time politics to me. I'm sure Wilson is grinning like a chesire cat hearing this news.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

David Iglesias, Meet Pat Fitzgerald

Seeing US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (link) the other day on TV prosecuting Scooter Libby got me thinking. Who is our US Attorney and what has he been up to?

Then I realized it was David Iglesias who recently achieved some notoriety for prosecuting State Treasurer Robert Vigil and for starting a voter fraud task force in 2004 that failed to prosecute a single case. The Vigil case was a good catch (actually seemed to be a pretty easy one) but outside of that what has David Iglesias been doing the last five years ?

Makes you kind of want New Mexico to get its own version of Patrick Fitzgerald.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Wilson Congressional Staff Doing Politics?

Congressional staff aren't supposed to do politics on Congressional time. They serve the taxpayers first and foremost.

So, when Heather Wilson's District Director appeared just for Patsy Madrid's speech at the MANA conference this week, took copious notes and left after Madrid's speech was she doing congressional work or political work?

Just wondering. . . .