Jeff Smith 12:30 p.m., April 23
Cunningham Says He Couldn't Have Had Sex; He Was "Almost Impotent"
Former North County Congressman Randy (Duke) Cunningham has sent a letter from prison to blog Talking Points Memo and other media. He says he never had sex with a prostitute "and the [Department of Justice] bastards know it." As to the charge that he had sex with a prostitute provided by his defense industry friend, Cunningham says, "I told the prosecutors I would submit to any doctor or sex therapist etc. to prove it was impossible. I had radical prostate surgery which left me almost impotent even with the use of [erectile dysfunction] medication after a year of recuperation." Cunningham was charged with accepting gifts, including bribes, from defense contractors. Now he says there were no bribes and the only checks he received were reimbursements. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion, conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud in 2005. Now he says he didn't knowingly and intentionally sign the plea agreement because he "simply trusted my lawyers." In his letter, he refers to "Barack Hussein Obama" and "the vicious Nancy Pelosi. Thanks to Matt Potter for sending this along.