One of the senior Secret Service agents who lost his job in the wake of the Colombia prostitution scandal joked about protecting Sarah Palin in a post on his Facebook page.
David Randall Chaney, a 48-year-old supervisor, wrote that he was ‘really checking out’ the vice-presidential candidate when he guarded her during the 2008 election campaign.
He retired this week after being suspended along with ten other agents involved in an argument with escorts at a hotel.
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The other supervisor who has been forced out of the service has been identified as Greg Stokes, who was in charge of the K-9 division of the agency.
Both Stokes and Chaney have worked at the agency for around two decades, and have been involved with protecting the President.
None of the other nine suspended agents – one of whom has resigned – have been named.
Chaney, who is based in Washington, DC and lives in Ashburn, Virginia, has written about working with Ms Palin on Facebook, according to the Washington Post.
He posted numerous pictures with her in the foreground and him standing in the background wearing a suit and dark glasses.
After a friend suggested that Chaney had ‘real chemistry’ with the Alaska governor, he replied: ‘I was really checking her out, if you know what I mean?’
Ms Palin reacted with anger when she heard about the married agent’s comments.
‘This agent was kind of ridiculous,’ she said on Fox News. ‘Well check this out, bodyguard. You’re fired! And I hope his wife kicks him into the dog house.’
‘It’s like, who’s minding the store around here?’ she added to Fox News. ‘The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her.’
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