Given the mile-wide partisan rift between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, it’s really saying something when politicians on both sides of the aisle sound as one in their outrage at a leading public official.
Secret Service director Julia Pierson got the grilling of her life Tuesday from the U.S. House Government Oversight and Reform Committee.
She had it coming.
Now we hear from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the chief Democrat in the House, saying Pierson should quit.
Why? It’s on her watch that some serious security glitches have occurred at the White House, the most notable of which is the one involving Omar Gonzalez, who raced across the White House lawn, broke into the building and then got deep inside the mansion after rushing through five levels of security. He finally was subdued.
Pierson got the treatment from committee Democrats and Republicans, all of whom spoke with equal outrage over the security detail’s failure to prevent the intruder from entering the White House.
That the first family was not in the house doesn’t matter. The intruder got past security in broad daylight.
Pierson didn’t help herself any with her non-answers to some quite specific questions about the breach in security.
If I were a betting man, I’d put some money on Pierson leaving this job in fairly short order.
Then we can get some needed changes installed at the Secret Service.