As you'll recall, 2007 was the first year of the annual Golden Dukes "to recognize great accomplishments in muckiness including acts of venal corruption, outstanding self-inflicted losses of dignity, crimes against the republic, bribery, exposed hypocrisy and generally malevolent governance." One of our nominees
in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Corruption-based Chutzpah was Ginger Cruz, the Deputy Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). Sen. Larry Craig (R) of Idaho ended up taking the award
in that category.
But now Ms. Cruz sends along news on two important new developments.
Earlier this month a grand jury investigating the case declined to indict
Cruz and her boss, Stuart Bowen. And several days later the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency similarly cleared Cruz and Bowen of wrongdoing.
Stay tuned for the 2008 Golden Dukes, coming up right after the November Election.