Candidate For Congress Says Cheney Is Dragging The Republican

Mary Maxwell PhD
Tel: (603) 228-8750

Summary:  Congressional candidate Mary Maxwell, of Concord, NH is running
for the House seat in her state’s 2nd district, in the Republican primary
of Sept 12th. She believes GOP prospects would rise if Pres Bush had a
more popular vice president. She points out that Cheney has been named as
a defendant in a suit related to 9/11 (Civil Action cv 4972 in
Philadelphia PA, Oct. 22, 2004) and that there is growing concern about
his lack of respect for law.

Press Release: "Vice Pres Cheney is now a burden to the Republican party,"
says Mary Maxwell, who is running for Congress in NH. She points to:

• The latest Gallup poll, which shows Cheney’s national disapproval rating
at over fifty percent.

• The rise to best seller status of John Dean’s book Conservatives Without
Conscience which paints a devastating picture of Cheney, and

• The fact that very few Republican candidates will let Cheney appear on
the stump with them.

"Not only that," she says, "but old-school Republicans, who revere the
Constitution, are troubled by Cheney’s apparent motto, ‘Why bother with
rule of law?’" Maxwell estimates that the House would have had the numbers
to propose an impeachment of Cheney, but the session ended last week with
no Democrat or Republican coming forward.

She worries that as we get closer to the November elections, the 9/11
issue will gain more prominence. "Last week," Maxwell says, " C-Span
broadcast the panel of scholars in Chicago who insist that the Twin Towers
were brought down by controlled demolition. The questions related to
Cheney are: Why did he refuse to give sworn testimony to the 9/11
Commission? Is it true that, beginning in May 2001, he took control of
stand-downs by the Air Force?"

Maxwell notes that an employee of the World Trade Center, William
Rodriguez, has sued for damages, naming both Bush and Cheney as
defendants, structuring his case as a RICO suit, that is, one which refers
to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (Civil Action cv

"Many citizens assume that high officers of government enjoy personal
immunity but that is not true," she says. "Constitutionally no one can
escape the law. Even in the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit against
Pres Clinton, the Supreme Court held that the case would not place an
unacceptable burden on the president in the fulfillment of his official

Mary Maxwell cannot understand why Congress has not been protective of its
turf in the face of encroachments by the executive branch. "As recently as
July, Mr. Cheney made the unabashed pronouncement that electronic
surveillance of Americans, without a warrant, is legal. This is part of
his ‘theory’ that the president rises above the law in wartime. Yet in
June the Court had put the kibosh on that theory, in regard to Mr. Bush’s
flouting of the Geneva Conventions."

"Ultimately it may be the military brass that demands the vice president’s
resignation," she speculates. "The practice of torture by our troops in
Iraq infuriated many officers. A letter of vigorous protest was signed by
12 retired military of high rank: Army- Cullens, Foote, Gard, Kennedy,
Montano, Shalikashvili; Navy- Gunn, Guter, Hutson; Marines- Brahms, Hoar;
Air Force- McPeak."

Observes Maxwell, "Since Mr. Cheney was the ‘torture champion,’ he may
have to face the consequences of having misstated the law. In fact if the
military is the one to demand punishment, the outside world may find it
fitting. Everyone is disgusted with America, because they all saw photos
of our soldiers using dogs to frighten Iraqi prisoners. Foreigners
realize, more than Americans do, that Iraq had never provoked the war."

Maxwell also points out that the Republican Party’s prospects would be
lifted if the office of vice president could be filled before the mid-term
elections with an inspiring person—preferably one who has no connections
with weapons production or the oil industry. "Republicans," she notes,
"are fiscal conservatives and guardians of civil liberties. Their
standard-bearer should embody those values."