Mary Cheney Joins Father's Campaign
Shortly after her sudden resignation from the board of the Republican Unity Coalition, a prominent gay Republican organization, earlier this month, Mary Cheney pulled up a chair at the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign headquarters in suburban Virginia. The 34-year-old lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney has signed on as director of vice-presidential operations. "The way my dad puts it, I am his point person for the campaign," Cheney told The New York Times. "I can't imagine doing this for anybody but my father." Cheney recently received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Denver. Cheney surprised few people with her departure from the RUC. The former liaison to gays and lesbians for the Coors Brewing Co. has avoided the spotlight since her father took office. Some speculated that she was responding to White House pressure to reign in pro-gay activity that might appear too close to home, while others accused her of fleeing amid accusations that she was too weak in her support for gay rights. The Times described Bush's reelection campaign as "a political juggernaut that is expecting to vacuum up a record $170 million in campaign contributions and leave the Democrats in its wake." Ken Mehlman, the campaign manager and just-departed White House political director, said the campaign is aiming to bring in $20 million by the end of the month in a coast-to-coast fund-raising marathon. The biggest haul is expected to be an event on Monday evening in Manhattan that could set a single-night presidential fund-raising record of $5 million.