Duke Tells Newt He’d Have The Felon Vote Locked Down

January 27, 2012 6:15 a.m.
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Here’s an endorsement Newt Gingrich probably doesn’t need: former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA), currently serving a 100 month sentence in federal prison after being convicted of bribery in one of the largest congressional corruption cases in recent memory.Cunningham, the inspiration for the TPM Golden Dukes and a TPM pen pal, acknowledged in a letter to Newt he forwarded to the Voice of San Diego, that his endorsement “would do more harm than good.”

But he was hoping Gingrich would help out with his pet cause of prison reform:

Newt, a voice out of the past. Down but not out and still fighting. First I do not want anything from you but have been watching the debates. I have 80% of inmates that would vote for you. They might not be able to but their extended families will. When you are president I could help you with prison and justice reform if wanted.

Cunningham adds that Mitt Romney just doesn’t have the same experience as Gingrich does with divided government:

First when you were Speaker of the House having a Democratic president, you passed every issue working with the house and senate Dems. It was not easy and Mit (sic) just does not have this experience. It also shows that every bone in your body is for helping this nation become great again through conservative government. Mit (sic) may have been in the private sector but congress is far from having absolute control over your employees.

Read the full letter here.

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