At the risk of asking a really obvious question, lemme ask you a question. And I won't feel that bad for asking it since it must not be that obvious, given that no one is asking it.
So without more ado, here goes ...
We know now that our man Mitchell Wade is into Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Wade) for upwards of a million bucks. Not campaign contributions, mind you, but personal cash bonuses. He also got a yacht for Duke to live on when he was spending time in the capital.
So what's all the money for exactly?
Wade's company doesn't make paper-clips or government issue pencils. His firm provides a mix of defense, homeland security and intelligence-related products or services to the relevant agencies. We don't know precisely what they do since it's all, or most of it is, classified.
But this list
of "critical skill areas" in which the company is currently hiring gives some sense of their line of work ..National Intelligence Policy Advisor
Subject Matter Experts in Counterintelligence, Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection and All-Source Intelligence.
Systems Integrators/Information Assurance Experts
Geospatial Intelligence Analysts
Media Exploitation Specialists
In any case, it really seems like Mitchell Wade had to give Duke an awfully good greasing up to get the help he needed with those DOD and Homeland Security contracts.
And that makes you wonder: Were MZM's services really the best on offer? And why were they having such a hard time getting Pentagon contracts before Mitchell Wade bought Duke's house?
How about the services MZM is providing in Iraq? I would assume those include the "force protection
" services MZM provides. (Note the firms office in Baghdad
.) Is anyone there having to make do with second or third best because of Duke Cunningham's new house and his fancy boat?
Also note that the MZM website proudly notes
that the company is "proud to be at the forefront of the war on terrorism, assisting the United States with fighting terrorism and preventing further attacks on our homeland." Are we all on the line for Duke's house?
Perhaps MZM offers crackerjack services. Maybe MZM just needed Duke to make its corporate voice heard amid DC's current cash-n-carry contracting culture. But doesn't this deserve some looking into?