Collins: Where Are Women in Secret Service?

Lawmakers suggest elite guards could use some diversity

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 22, 2012 12:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Secret Service prostitution scandal dominated the talk show air waves today, with a pair of female legislators openly questioning whether more women in the elite guards' ranks could've averted the scandal. "It defies belief that this is just an aberration," Sen. Susan Collins told This Week. "I can't help but wonder if there'd been more women as part of that detail if this ever would’ve happened." Where are the women?" concurred Rep. Carolyn Maloney, noting that only 11% are female. "We probably need to diversify the Secret Service." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Tom Coburn on the scandal: "You know, I'm not critical of what the administration has done thus far. I think what we're seeing is an aberration."
  • Marco Rubio on the VP selection process: "It'd be wise for all Republicans to respect that process, myself included, and say moving forward, we're going to let his process play itself out. He's been a great decision maker throughout his career in both the private sector and in politics and he's going to make a great choice." As for his pick? "I hope (Jeb Bush) will say yes if future President Romney asks him."
  • David Axelrod on President Obama's reaction to the GSA scandal: "He was, I think it’s fair to say, apoplectic. We made a big effort to cut waste, inefficiency, fraud, saved tens of billions of dollars on just this very kind of thing. And so this was very enraging to him, and, of course, he acted quickly, and changed the management there."
  • Joe Lieberman on Election 2012: "I'm going to try something different this year. I'm going to try to stay out of this one. I'm enjoying not being involved in the nastiness of campaigning in America these days."

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, thinks the Secret Service could use a few good women.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, thinks the Secret Service could use a few good women.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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