Disgraced former Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-CA) has learned his fate after flagrantly misusing campaign funds to pay for video games, overseas vacations, and (allegedly) multiple extramarital affairs. (National Review)
The former congressman’s father, Duncan Hunter Sr., told reporters that the sentencing constituted a political “hit job.” Hunter, a Republican who served California’s 50th congressional district in San Diego, had painted the indictments against him as a “witch hunt” up until he pleaded guilty in December to one count of misusing at least $150,000 from his campaign.
Hunter Sr. didn’t acknowledge that his son used campaign donations to fund an ostentatious lifestyle, including shopping sprees for his wife and plane tickets for the family’s pet rabbit.
“I failed to monitor and account for my campaign spending. I made mistakes, and that’s what today was all about,” Duncan said in December. The congressman indicated he wanted to avoid a trial “for my kids. I think it would be really tough for them.”
Margaret Hunter, who was indicted along with her husband, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 7.
Margaret pled guilty last June to conspiring with her husband to “knowingly and willfully” misusing campaign funds.
Although Hunter was indicted in August 2018, he narrowly won reelection in his deep red San Diego County district, in no small part to the Democrats’ far-left challenger.