‘SD Union-Tribune’ Reporters Pen Book On Disgraced Ex-Congressman

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By: Joe Strupp

The San Diego Union-Tribune reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize for disclosing the bribery scheme that toppled former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham has put its story into a book, according to Amazon.com.

“The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught” (Hardcover 2007) tells the story of what the publishers term “the biggest bribery scandal in U.S. history” and “the colorfully sordid story of a scandal reaching into the highest levels of the CIA, the Pentagon, and the Congress.”

Authors Jerry Kammer, Marcus Stern, Dean Calbreath and George E. Condon Jr all worked on the story for the Union-Tribune and Copley News Service. Their work won them a share of the 2006 Pulitzer for National Reporting.

“To the public, Cunningham was a heroic family man. In reality, he was a hard-drinking, partisan bully with a lavish sense of entitlement and feckless moral compass,” a description of the book on Amazon states. “In the end, he fed rogues like Brent Wilkes and Mitch Wade millions of dollars in vital post-9/11 contracts in exchange for millions in bribes.”

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