Rep. Duncan Hunter arrives at the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

As a Christian conservative, I cannot vote to re-elect my Republican Congressman, Duncan D. Hunter, who is now under indictment for misusing campaign funds and has been stripped of his Congressional committee assignments.

Evidence shows that Hunter and his wife Margaret, also named in the indictment, used hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses between 2009 and 2016, including vacations to Italy, video games, expensive meals and lodging, etc.

According to the indictment, “… the Hunters spent substantially more than they earned. They overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times … resulting in approximately $37,761 in ‘overdraft’ and ‘insufficient funds’ bank fees. Their credit cards were frequently charged to the credit limit, often with five-figure balances, resulting in approximately $24,600 in finance charges, interest, and other fees…”

Based on the substantial evidence provided, these charges are clearly not “politically motivated,” as Hunter claims.

Enough is enough. We expect better of our elected representatives. If convicted, Hunter won’t even be able to serve out his term. How can we trust our federal budget to someone who can’t manage his own finances? I encourage others to join me in not wasting our vote on someone who isn’t worthy of our support.

Karen Grube

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