Hunter’s Hometown Newspaper Urges Him To Resign In Scathing Editorial Following His Indictment
On Tuesday, Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter was indicted after being accused of misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds for his and his family’s own personal gain.
As a result, The San Diego Tribune, which happens to be Hunter’s hometown newspaper, published an editorial urging the congressman to resign.
The Tribune reminds its readers about Hunter’s background, how he was gifted a conservative east San Diego County district by his father, who held the seat for 25 years before retiring and endorsing his son who has the same name, minus a middle initial.
Hunter also served in combat for the Marines after 9/11, making him first congressperson to have served in a direct combat role in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But, The Tribue called out Hunter who “badly lost his way,” and became “corrupt to the point of caricature.”
“After serious questions first arose about his use of campaign funds for video games, private school tuition, dental surgery and a garage door in early 2016, Hunter initially depicted this spending as a result of mistaken purchases by his young son or sloppy campaign paperwork,” the paper writes. “But the indictment demolishes that craven lie.”
Hunter was warned about his allegedly illegal use of campaign funds and “repeatedly tried to create cover stories that they could use to justify their expenses as somehow related to campaigning.”
The paper goes on to remind its readers that Hunter insulted the U.S. Navy after they didn’t want to cover for him for using campaign funds to take a trip to Italy. Hunter became upset when the Navy could not accommodate his cover story, telling an aide to “tell the Navy to go f*ck themselves.”
“If he had any honor at all, Hunter would resign,” the story read. “He has disgraced himself more thoroughly than his critics ever could. He doesn’t deserve the privilege of representing Californians in Congress.”
The entire editorial can be read HERE.