Jailed Rep. Endorses Gingrich

Randy “Duke” Cunningham realizes his endorsement probably won’t help Newt Gingrich win the GOP nomination, but he just can’t resist offering his support. The former Republican representative from California is currently serving a 100-month sentence in federal prison for bribery and is hopeful that, if elected, Gingrich will advocate 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,” Cunningham wrote in a letter to the former speaker. “I have 80 percent of inmates that would vote for you. They may not be able to but their extended families will. When you are president I could help you with prison and justice reform if wanted.” The two actually have a history, as Gingrich--champion of the earmark agenda and dismantler of the House Ethics Committee during his time in the House of Representatives--reportedly enabled Cunningham's corruption.