Kitty Kelley's Salacious Book On Bush Family Engulfed In Controversy
Another source of bad news for the Bush campaign is the upcoming publication of Kitty Kelley's new book, "The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty." The syndicated television program Inside Edition reports there is "already a media blitz brewing about" the book. Publishers' Weekly columnist Karen Holt told the soft news program, "They are betting this is going to be a big book. 750,000 copies that's a lot of books to sell. So they're not taking any chances. They're going to have her everywhere." The show notes the "allegations in the book include allegations of drug use by George W. Bush years before he became President. The Washington Post reports that one source for that allegation is Sharon Bush, ex-wife of the President's brother, Neil." Inside Edition noted that Newsweek was "given an advanced copy, but passed on writing about the allegations in the book." However, author Kitty Kelley "will appear on NBC's Today show for three consecutive days next week interviewed by Matt Lauer. Interviews with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, CNN's Aaron Brown and radio talk show host Don Imus are also scheduled." The New York Times, meanwhile, reports the Bush campaign and Republican National Committee have "opened a wave of advance counterstrikes intended to undermine her credibility."
Former Sister-In-Law Denies Claims Attributed To Her By Kelley.
Although Kelley's book has yet to be released to the public, controversy is brewing about allegations made by Sharon Bush, the President's former sister in law. The Washington Post reports Sharon Bush "denied yesterday that she had given author Kitty Kelley any information about allegations of past drug use by Bush." In a statement, Sharon Bush said, "I categorically deny that I ever told Kitty Kelley that George W. Bush used cocaine at Camp David or that I ever saw him use cocaine at Camp David."