SAN DIEGO — U.S. Representative Duncan L. Hunter has pled guilgy to one count of campaing violations. Hunter, whose district encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a small part of Riverside County, is also expected to face jail time. There is anticipation he may resign his office. Hunter has been opposed for reelction to the 50th Congressional District by Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar and two Republicans: former Congressman Darrell Issa, and talk show host and former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio.
The Republican Congressman and his wife were charged with looting more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Among other things, it is alleged that Hunter used the money to help fund five extramarital affairs, including with lobbyists and a woman staffer.
Hunter was first elected to the House in 2008. In his 2018 re-election bid, Hunter narrowly defeated Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar by a vote of 52 to 48 percent.
Hunter was one of the vary first Republican Congressmen to support then candidate Donald Trump. Hunter was reported to have said of Trump: “He’s just like he is on TV. He’s an asshole but he’s our asshole.”
The other of the two congressmen to first endorse Donald Trump, Chris Collins (NY), resigned from Congress in October after pleading guilty to insider trading.