Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer
added to the growing criticism of Vice President Dick Cheney‘s handling of the weekend shooting incident in Texas, telling E&P this afternoon that it “crosses the threshold of news worthiness that ought to be announced and explained.”
Former Reagan and Bush Sr. press secretary Marlin Fitzwater
criticized Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday for delaying the release of information about his hunting accident on Saturday, saying Cheney “ignored his responsibility to the American people.” He told E&P he was “appalled by the whole handling of this.”
US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX):
“I’m sure that they wish that they had handled it differently. I’m sure they maybe thought that it wasn’t so serious, but it has turned out to be,” said Ms. Hutchison, a member of the Senate GOP leadership. “I don’t know what their thinking was in not saying anything about it.
Former Congressman Vin Weber (R-MN):
“I cannot believe he does not look back and say this should have been handled differently.” Cheney “made it a much bigger issue than it needed to be.”
Current and former White House officials:
said Cheney’s refusal to address the issue or accept any blame has the potential to become a political problem for Bush because it reinforces the image of a secretive and above-the-law White House. Top White House aides are pressuring Cheney to discuss the incident as early as today, according to people familiar with the matter.