We need to talk about Duncan Hunter

Matt Saintsing
August 22, 2018 - 1:43 pm

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a former Marine, is in a world of trouble after he and his wife were indicted Tuesday on charges they misused a quarter-of-a-million dollars of campaign funds for personal expenses and filed false campaign records. 

The 47-page indictment describes drastic overspending, intimidating Hunter’s Congressional staff, and using campaign dollars for everything from dental work to vacation trips around the world.

What’s worse is the former Marine, who joined the military following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, actively worked to swindle the United States’ military and veterans. 

According to the indictment, Hunter’s wife, Margaret, suggested in March of 2015 he should purchase a pair of shorts for an upcoming trip to Hawaii at a golf pro store “so they could falsely describe the purchase later as ‘some (golf) balls for wounded warriors.” He couldn’t afford the shorts, the indictment says, because he had “run out of money.” 

Then there’s the time he told a staffer what he really thought about the U.S. Navy.

Looking to write-off a planned family trip to Italy, Hunter tried to tour a Navy base. “After Navy officials responded that they could only provide a tour on a particular date,” he had a blunt message for his Chief of Staff to deliver.

“Tell the Navy to go f*** themselves (no alteration in original).” The tour never happened. 

When his campaign treasurer warned that “campaign funds may not be used for a leisure outing,” Hunter asked if the treasurer was “trying to create some kind of paper trail.” 

These actions are especially insidious given how he has focused on the military and veteran community while in office. In January of 2016, he told Politico that former Navy Secretary Ray Manus’ support for opening all Marine combat jobs to women is “a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS.” 

A greater threat than actively trying to defraud “wounded warriors” and the Navy? 

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