Finally, we hear from Christopher Baker of Shirlington Limousine. Now that his champion
Duke Cunningham's in the slammer, he's lost his contract with the Department of Homeland Security, and he's not happy about it.
And in the interview, he finally airs his views on the characters in the Cunningham saga. Brent Wilkes? He's a nice, upstanding guy. But Mitch Wade? He's got a "bad spirit."
But above all, he wants the world to know that he's no pimp. Just bad luck with customers.
From The Hill
A Washington transportation company that was questioned in the Randy âDukeâ Cunningham investigation is on the verge of losing its contract with the Department of Homeland Security, but has gone to federal court to keep it.
Shirlington Limousine and Transportation Inc. filed a lawsuit last week accusing the department of âcavingâ to âpolitical pressuresâ surrounding the Cunningham case by illegally changing its shuttle-services contract to exclude Shirlington....
In an interview, Baker said he did nothing wrong in his interaction with Cunningham, Wilkes and Wade, or in his performance of the Homeland Security contract. He said he became a scapegoat in the Cunningham scandal and was a convenient target for Democrats in election-year politics.
âItâs like someone has an axe to grind and theyâre just going to make it happen,â Baker said. âI feel like one of the Rutgers girls. All this happens, and now Iâm treated like Iâm a pimp.â
Baker, who testified before a grand jury in the Cunningham case, said he started driving Wilkes in 1994. He said he drove Cunningham on occasion, but that he usually saw Cunningham driving himself in a green sport-utility vehicle.
Most of the time, he said, âI saw Mr. Cunningham in his green truck. On certain occasions I drove him to the Hill or to his apartment. Duke Cunningham was a self-sufficient gentleman. He liked to drive himself.â
He said he believes Cunningham and Wilkes started off as decent men steered into making mistakes.
âI believe Duke Cunningham to be a good man who made stupid decisions,â he said. âHe has been a supporter of me as an African-American businessman.â
Of Wilkes, he said, âHe was a winer and a diner. He liked to take people to eat. If a young lady gets in the car, or he asks us to pick up a young lady, we donât know who it is. Weâre drivers.â
As for any prostitution occurring, he said, âIt might have happened. I donât know anything about it. And from driving Brent Wilkes, I question it happening.â
He said he continues to believe that Wilkes was a decent person until he got involved with Wade.
âBrent Wilkes has morals,â Baker said. âHe crossed his morals getting involved with Mitch Wade. Mitch Wade had a bad spirit.â