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Washington Post Reader Defends Secret Service Dir. Mark Sullivan After Party Crashing Incident

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has taken his share of lumps over the party crashing incident at the White House involving the now famous Salahis.

In fact, some observers say he looked worn out when he recently went before Congress to testify on the matter and took blame for it all.

But Sullivan, who became director under President Bush in 2006,  still has his fair share of  supporters including Washington Post reader Toni Marsh of Montgomery Village, Md., who wrote a letter to the editor, which the paper published on Thursday.

Here it is:

“Regarding the Dec. 21 Style story on the White House gate crashers, “After the breach, gatekeeping of another sort”:

“Exactly one man has stepped forward like an adult and taken full, on-the-record responsibility for anything relating to the Salahis’ appearance at a White House state dinner, and that man is Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. Every other person, from members of the White House staff on down, has obfuscated, evaded, hedged and hidden behind anonymity. Mr. Sullivan has been the epitome of class, responsibility and maturity since the start of this story, and the president is fortunate to have a man like him at the helm of his security operation.”


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