Well, there goes that marriage.
Courtesy of CNN:
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter seemed to shift any blame onto his wife, Margaret, on Thursday for alleged campaign fund abuses, saying she was the one handling his finances.
“She was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did that’ll be looked at too, I’m sure,” the California Republican said on Fox News.
“But I didn’t do it,” Hunter said. “I didn’t spend any money illegally.”
Duncan and Margaret Hunter pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to federal charges that they had stolen a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds to furnish their lavish lifestyle. The Hunters had been indicted earlier this week, accused of spending the campaign money on expenses including a $14,000 Italian vacation, groceries and other household items.
The Hunters are accused of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, wire fraud, falsification of records and prohibited use of campaign contributions, among other charges.
The first thing to say is that this Duncan Hunter guy is a real douchebag for blaming all of this on his wife.
The second thing to say is that there is NO WAY that Hunter did not know he was breaking the law, and then engaging in a coverup.
Courtesy of USA Today:
Hunter and wife Margaret face a 60-count federal indictment alleging conspiracy, wire fraud and misspending and falsification of campaign finance records. The indictment details more than $250,000 in personal spending with campaign funds, from $462.46 for 30 shots of tequila and a steak at a bachelor party to $250 to transport a pet, identified in media reports as likely being the family rabbit.
Having routinely used campaign funds as a personal bank account for everything from daily expenses to fancy vacations to Italy, Hawaii and Las Vegas and then engaged in cover-ups, as alleged in the indictment, a jury could bring the Hunter political legacy to a crashing halt.
Margaret Hunter spent $2,569.96 at Barnes & Noble on 22 occasions, including $85.18 for children’s booklets and puzzles that were listed as “booklets for San Diego,” the indictment states.
The campaign fund paid $14,261.33 in 2015 for a family trip to Italy that Margaret Hunter told the treasurer was “mostly military/defense meet related” even though she later emailed a friend to say “Italy was amazing. Truly our best family trip so far. Like that saying ‘if traveling was free you’d never see me again.'”
Yeah, I think using the “It was the wife’s fault” defense here is not going to help Hunter one little bit.
Damn, is EVERYBODY in the Republican party a hypocritical POS?
Never mind, I think I know the answer to that.