Wednesday, March 30, 2005

"All the Cheneys are great writers."


Openly Gay Cheney Daughter Writing Memoir

By ELIZABETH LeSURE, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, plans to publish a memoir under a new subdivision of Simon & Schuster devoted to conservative books, the company announced Tuesday.

Cheney, a top aide during her father's campaigns in 2000 and 2004, has drawn much political attention because she is openly gay. Her memoir is the first acquisition for Mary Matalin's publishing subdivision, Threshold.

Matalin, a Republican pundit and strategist, said the book would give Cheney a chance to give her own thoughts on the issue — something she couldn't do while working on the campaigns.

"All the Cheneys are great writers, and she's no exception," Matalin told The Associated Press. "What I have seen on paper so far is great."

Simon & Schuster Inc. did not say how much it paid.

"The first time I campaigned with my father, I was 8 years old," Cheney said in news release issued by Simon & Schuster. "I've been involved with campaigns as a family member, a staffer and, though I certainly never intended it, as a political target for the other side."