Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Secret Service VS Mary Cheney
Hey Vice-Precedence Readers.
Well, as soon as I know more about former VP Cheney's book, or if he will be called to testify before Congress about the CIA assassin squad, or if there is any breaking news about him, I will let you know ASAP.
I've posted here on Liz Cheney-the former Vice-Presidents daughter and how she his helping her father with his book, and along with him has been very critical of the Obama Administration, and has even voiced her own political ambitions-could she be planning a run for the House or even the Senate in Virginia?
I've also written about Cheneys' support for gay marriage and gay rights-since his daughter Mary Cheney is a lesbian. Mary Cheney has been with her partner Heather Poe for seventeen years, and Ms. Cheney gave birth to a son Samuel David Cheney on May 23 2007. Now, some people have pointed out that during campaigns Mr. Cheney never really voiced his opinions on gay rights, and Mary, too stayed out of the spotlight and wouldn't speak about gay issues. It especially became an issue during the 2004 Presidential campaign where Marys sexuality was brought up in the Vice-Presidential and Presidential debates.
Gay rights advocates criticized her for waiting until after the 2004 election to voice her disapproval of George W. Bush's positions on gay rights. During Mary Cheney's May 19, 2006 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman addressed some of the issues raised by the gay community and Mary's lack of action on behalf of her community. He questioned Cheney on why she waited two years after the 2004 election to speak publicly about gay marriage and rights. Cheney told Letterman that she really had no influence over the administration’s position on gay rights and that even if she did, it wasn't her job to influence political policy. Even though Mary has been a gay and lesbian outreach coordinator for the Coors Brewing Co., and has been criticized by right-wing organizations like James Dobson's Focus on the Family and The Concerned Women for America, she has a rocky relationship with the majority of the gay community.
Now it has been revealed that she may also have had a rocky relationship with the Secret Service during her fathers term as VP. In this past weekends New York Post in an article about the new book In the President’s Secret Service by Ronald Kessler, he writes that Mary Cheney was not exactly an easy person to deal with-that she was jealous of the new car used to drive around her sister Liz, that she demanded that the Secret Service drive her and her friends to restaurants and when agents refused, she had them reassigned.
Mary Cheney has denied these rumors in a statement: "These stories are simply not true, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women of the Secret Service,” she told Kessler.
So who's telling the truth here? Mary or former agent Kessler? Will her father address these controversies in his upcoming book? Stay tuned here for more and thanks for reading.