2013 Golden Dukes Announced!

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It’s the time of year you’ve all been waiting for: TPM’s annual homage to the year’s best purveyors of public corruption, outlandish behavior and The Crazy. (The awards are named in honor of Congressman-turned-inmate Randy “Duke” Cunningham.)

This is the seventh annual installment of the Golden Dukes, and this year it’s sponsored by Media Matters, which also gives out its own annual award, Misinformer of the Year, given for the biggest errors by a media figure/institution in 2013. Media Matters will announce Misinformer of the Year at the same time as the Dukes. (See last year’s winners here.)

Nominations are due no later than Monday, December 16, 2013. Submission details after the jump!

This year’s categories are: 


1. Best Scandal — General Interest

2. Best Scandal — Sex and Generalized Carnality

3. Best Scandal — Local Venue

4. Meritorious Achievement in The Crazy

5. Outstanding Achievement In Corruption-based Chutzpah

6. The Year In Derp

7. Best Scandal By A Non-Politician

But these awards would be meaningless without your participation — honestly, you come up with better nominations than sometimes even we could. How can you participate?

Email talk (at) talkingpointsmemo.com with your nominations no later than Monday, Dec. 16, identifying the person you’re nominating and make your case in no more than 250 words for why he or she deserves a place in the esteemed pantheon of Golden Dukes winners. You must be a living, breathing, blessedly ridiculous or corrupt person to be eligible for the award — parties, issues, groups, etc. are not eligible. Nominees have to be specific, real persons.

On Thursday, Dec. 19 we’ll announce the nominees. Then they’re off to our esteemed panel of judges. The final awards will be named on Friday, Dec. 27.*

Happy scandal hunting!

*The post originally said we’d be announcing on the 30th.

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