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
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)

(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."

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Apr 23, 2012 10:50 AM CDT
Look at Congress..Look at the Senate..Look at states that have failed to sign laws for equal pay.Look at the male dominated legislators war on Planned Parenthood and contraception..and then ask yourself..why would I vote for anyone taking this crass position?? and ask..why are they so quick to take out contraception but leave in coverage for vasectomies??
Apr 23, 2012 8:59 AM CDT
And where are the women in the GOP when their party declared war on women, Sen. Collins?
Apr 23, 2012 5:59 AM CDT
Secret Service agents need to be fast on their feet, tough, and big enough to stop a bullet. Not many women can fit those requirements.