Published April 20, 2012
Sarah Palin says the recently fired Secret Service agent who bragged about “checking her out” while protecting the former GOP vice presidential candidate during the 2008 campaign has gotten what he deserves.
"Well, check this out, buddy -- you're fired!" Palin said Thursday on Fox News. Secret Service agent David Chaney is one of two supervisors forced to resign following a prostitution scandal while in Cartagena, Columbia, ahead of President Obama’s visit.
Chaney posted at least two photographs on his Facebook page of him with Palin.
"I was really checking her out, if you know what i (sic) mean?" Chaney wrote of his assignment guarding Palin, after a friend commented on the picture posted in January 2009.
He also posted a picture of a woman in a revealing bikini top standing in the background, looking at him. That photo was captioned: "not in front of my son."
Details of the photos and comments were first reported by The Washington Post.
Palin said the scandal is "a symptom of government run amok."
"It's like, who's minding the store around here?" she told Fox. "The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her."
The scandal arose near the start of the Summit of the Americas when at least some of 11 Secret Service employees brought prostitutes back to their Cartagena hotel.
The agency has moved quickly to try to quell the embarrassing episode, forcing out three employees so far, including two supervisors.
Lawrence Berger, general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officials Association, confirmed Thursday he is representing the supervisors, Chaney and Greg Stokes, but said he could not discuss details of the investigation.
A third employee has resigned. The employees under investigation include members of the agency's "jump teams," which are sent to sites to set up security in advance of the president's arrival.
Others are on counter-assault and counter-sniper teams. The majority of the group is believed to be based in the Washington area.
Eight men remain suspended and have had their top-secret security clearances lifted. The scandal also involves about 10 military personnel and as many as 20 Colombian women.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.