In an effort to better understand the man who gave former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham over $1.4 million in bribes, I've spent a good amount of time finding and talking to former employees of Mitchell Wade at his company, MZM Inc. They don't paint a flattering picture of the man.
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Former employees rarely do, of course. But even accounting for the typical bad feelings harbored by disgruntled former employees, he is clearly not a nice man. None were willing to be named. Why?
"Vindictive," "petty," "calculating" and "paranoid" are words that come up again and again. "You were either on his team, or he wanted you destroyed," said one person. "Everything Mitch did, he did for a reason," said another. "And he's still doing it." He liked to open all the mail delivered to MZM, just to see what people were getting, one employee recalled.