Monday, Oct. 23, 2006 | At the very least, Brain Bilbray has impeccable timing.
In June 2005 – just 11 days after former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s tainted real estate dealings made headlines – Bilbray registered to vote from his mother’s address in the 50th District in northern San Diego.
Bilbray, a lifelong Imperial Beach resident and a former Republican congressman from the district immediately south of Cunningham’s, said he actually moved to Carlsbad a few weeks earlier to take care of his ailing mother. Bilbray said he registered to vote from her address long before anyone could have foreseen Cunningham’s demise – despite the fact that FBI and grand jury investigations into Cunningham’s activities were ongoing.
Whether it was coincidence or carpetbagging, the opportunity created by Cunningham’s resignation breathed new life into Bilbray’s stalled political career.