A major character in a legendary congressional corruption scandal has been hiding out by the docks in Baltimore under an assumed name and remained unseen for about eight years. Until now.
It is the ship once known as the "Duke-Stir," a 42.2 foot yacht that was home to ex-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a California Republican who pleaded guilty in 2005 to taking part in a massive, multimillion dollar bribery scheme. During his days on the Duke-Stir, Cunningham reportedly was fond of entertaining female guests by the light of a lava lamp. Today, the boat is home to a bartender named Greg Banker and his girlfriend, Doreen Sweeten.
On Tuesday, Banker invited TPM to come on board for a tour of the boat and the things Cunningham left behind. Banker declined to discuss some of what he originally found on the boat to avoid "dishing dirt," but he said it would be safe to describe the ship as a former congressional "party palace."
"He was a partier," said Banker. "It was obviously a fun place for him to hang out."
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