It’s the equivalent of saying “the dog ate my homework.” That’s the excuse Duncan Hunter Jr. gives regarding paying for video games with his campaign financing account.
Embarrassments from Hunter, Jr., Escondido’s, 50th Congressional District representative, continue to accumulate.
In just a few weeks, Hunter, Jr. has gone from supporting Donald Trump, to smoking an e-cigarette at a congressional hearing, and most recently to defending his use of campaign funds to play video games.
“Even congressmen can blow dank clouds,” Gawker said about Hunter’s behavior at a House Transportation Committee meeting this year.
This adolescent behavior is unbecoming for a member of the House of Representatives.
Hunter needs to grow up and do the work he was elected to do on behalf of his constituents. That’s why I’m running against him.
Let me introduce myself. I’m an Escondido realtor and small business owner who announced his congressional candidacy last month.
I’ve received the official endorsement from the San Diego County Democratic Party along with the likes of incumbent Democratic representatives Juan Vargas in the 51st, Scott Peters in the 52nd, Susan Davis in the 53rd and fellow candidate Douglas Applegate in the 49th running against Darryl “Benghazi Hearings” Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress.
Time for a change in the 50th District
Voters are frustrated and have lost faith in a Congress that is adrift and disconnected from the needs of the American people.
My campaign theme is “reigniting the American dream.” This is my vision for a revitalized economy: We need to sound a wakeup call to reinvest in American infrastructure, reinforce technology and channel agricultural innovation to create a strong base for new jobs.
In other words, we need to rebuild the middle class.
Contrast your personal condition with that of Hunter, Jr., who along with his father, Duncan Hunter, Sr., represent a corrupt Washington dynastic order that believes you owe them a living.
Hunter, Sr. was a congressman from 1993 to 2009, succeeded by his son, Hunter Jr. through this year. Sounds like the junior varsity version of the Bush family.
Not quite like father like son, though, as the senior Hunter probably wouldn’t have been caught dead playing video games, or vaporizing e-cigarettes on taxpayer dollars.
Video games and vaping during official House business
The Federal Election Commission this week questioned Hunter Jr. about his use of campaign funds to pay for video games, not once, but 68 times.
Hunter Jr. listed $1,302 worth of “Steam Games” on his finance disclosure statement for 2015. Steam is the proud online proprietor of such great titles as “Party Hard,” “Axes and Acres” and, of course, the ever-popular ,“weekend deal” on its site today, “Killing Floor 2.”
Hunter’s campaign fund disclosure listed the $1,302 of video game expenses with the notation “personal expense — to be paid back.”
Paid back by whom; you, me and fellow taxpayers? Come on, man.
An FEC investigating analyst Monday asked the Hunter Jr. campaign for an explanation of his use of campaign funds for video games. The House Ethics Committee clearly states that “members have no discretion whatsoever to convert campaign funds to personal use.”
Hunter Jr., supposedly a responsible and serious representative, has defended violent video games even in the aftermath of mass shootings. He wrote an opinion piece in Politico opposing regulating video games that were too violent.
This wasn’t the first time he has been questioned by the FEC for improper use of campaign fun(d)s. The FEC last September questioned his payment of $1,650 to Christian Unified Schools of El Cajon.
Continuing Hunter’s pattern of misbehavior is his vaping during a Congressional Transportation Committee meeting last February. Gawker ran the story under the headline “Oh my God, a U.S. congressman just vaped while legislating.” Here’s the link http://gawker.com/oh-my-god-a-u-s-congressman-just-vaped-while-legislat-1758511544.
Gawker said, “Good people of America, the moment has finally arrived. Today, Duncan Hunter, a U.S. Representative from California who first proclaimed his love of vaping not two months ago, blew a sick cloud of e-juice during a congressional hearing. I love the U.S.A.”
Is this the kind of person you want representing you in Congress?
Hunter Jr. repeatedly has called for deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare and believes that it is not the national government’s responsibility to stimulate jobs.
I support Social Security and Medicare along with providing the best quality care for all veterans.
Hunter Jr. has voted “no” on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures and has supported additional tax cuts for the wealthy.
Moreover, Hunter Jr. calls Citizens United, the “right decision,” even though it has unleashed unlimited contributions to politicians, often with no donor reporting requirements. I want a Supreme Court with justices appointed by someone other than Donald Trump.
Hunter Jr. was the first congressman to stump for Trump. Only six other members of Congress have joined him in that dubious enterprise. Trump this week named him co-chairman of his congressional election committee.
Time for a change. I’m ready to be the agent of that change.
I believe in:
• Providing one year of free tuition for all those seeking vocational education, so thhe talent for rebuilding America will be available.
• Reducing student debt, so the onerous 7 percent average interest rate on that debit is closer to the 3 percent government debt rate.
• Supporting a living minimum wage of $15 per hour, so American workers have the opportunity to make ends meet.
• Safeguarding Social Security and Medicare.
Support me for Congress.
For more information on my campaign, visit www.patrickmalloyforcongress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.