In Sudden About-Face, Rep. Duncan Hunter Is Now On His Wife’s Side

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on January 22, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After his well-publicized comments when he threw his wife under the bus after the couple was indicted for alleged egregious misuse of campaign funds, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) changed his tune this week when addressing a crowd of women.

According to a Tuesday ABC10 report, Hunter, who is up for reelection this fall, spoke to a group called “Women Volunteers in Politics” at an event arranged before his indictment.

“Leave my wife out of it, leave my family out of it. It’s me they’re after anyway. They’re not after my wife; they want to take me down, that’s what they’re up to. So let’s get this in the arena and have this settled,” said Hunter.

Hunter struck a very different tone when discussing the charges in a Fox News interview last week.

“I’m saying when I went to Iraq in 2003 the first time I gave her power of attorney and she handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when I got to Congress since I’m gone five days and home for two,” he said to Fox News’ Martha McCallum. “She was also the campaign manager. So whatever she did, that will be looked at, too, I’m sure. But I didn’t do it.”

The two have been travelling to and from court separately.

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