A few days later, Duga was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Coast Guard facility in Massachusetts after reportedly posing as a campaign worker for a John Edwards fundraiser. Duga said, “I look forward to being fully exonerated, in both a court of law and public opinion.” Cleland has since severed ties with Duga.
Cleland — who lost three limbs in the Vietnam War — said Monday that he had agreed to participate in the golf tournament and serve on PAID’s board of directors because he strongly supports the idea of helping people with disabilities get employment and because Murtha seemed to support the group. But he stepped down after being contacted by Roll Call with questions about the group.
He said he remains a strong ally of Murtha’s — “I love Jack Murtha; he is my brother and my friend” — but his only commitment for now will be working with the wound-care company, Tissue Regeneration Technologies, and making speaking engagements.