Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, two Republican congressmen, California’s Duncan Hunter and New York’s Chris Collins became entangled in legal situations. Voters didn’t seem to care as both men were reelected into their House seats.
Collins did not last long in his position. He pleaded guilty to insider trading in October of 2019 and subsequently resigned. Hunter pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds in December. And while he promised to resign from his seat shortly after the holidays, he has not kept his promise.
The California congressman explained his reasoning, “I’m going to change my plea to guilty. I think it’s important not to have a public trial for three reasons, and those three reasons are my kids. Whatever my time in custody is, I will take that hit. My only hope is that the judge does not sentence my wife to jail. I think my kids need a mom in the home.”
He then made his pledge to resign. Hunter told reporters, “Shortly after the Holidays, I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years.”
The was a congressional Pro Forma hearing today that would have allowed Hunter to resign his position. National Journal reporter Alex Clearfield wrote, “Rep. Duncan Hunter did NOT resign during the pro forma session just now.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter did NOT resign during the pro forma session just now. #CA50
— Alex Clearfield (@AlexClearfield) January 2, 2020
It is unclear if Hunter is still planning on resigning. His sentencing will take place of March 17th.