The L.A. Times has called for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to resign in an editorial, citing his wife’s June guilty plea for conspiring to misuse campaign funds and a lawsuit that he misused $250,000 in campaign money.
The lawsuit alleges that Hunter spent campaign funds on extramarital affairs with staffers and lobbyists. His wife could face five years in prison for her charges.
The editorial said that if Hunter were “an honorable man,” he would have taken a leave of absence last year when the charges were filed. The board also wondered if voters would still support Hunter given what has taken place since the last election.
If Hunter steps aside now, there will be a special election to fill his seat. The board said that if he beats the charges, he could always run again after that. It wasn’t about his political party, they claim.
Interesting that in half a dozen articles and op-eds, the L.A. Times editorial board didn’t once say that Sen. Bob Menendez should step down when he faced bribery and corruption charges, isn’t it?
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