9/10/04 9:00 AM EST
Sheehy Was A Source For Kelley Book
According to Democratic strategists helping push the Kelley book, one controversial allegation in the book is that President Bush suffers from an attention deficit disorder. This was first raised by writer Gail Sheehy during the 2000 presidential campaign, although at the time the idea was knocked down by Bush aides. While refusing to discuss the substance, a spokesperson for Kelley confirmed to the US News Bulletin that Sheehy was interviewed by Kelley for her new book. Sheehy has generated controversy of her own for her books on political figures, causing the Washington Post at one point to document her supposed errors in a section called "Gail's Goof Corner." The political paths of the two have crossed in the past. Kelley has been involved as a host for a number of liberal-leaning political events and has donated money to such causes as the Gay And Lesbian Victory Fund and Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, who is known as one of the strong proponents of the right-to-choose movement in the US House. In one of her first public events for her new literary work, Kelley is expected to attend a Washington book-signing party to benefit a political wing of Planned Parenthood. Sheehy moves in similar political circles, has donated to Democratic candidates and supporting groups, and most recently joined Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore in writing section introductions for a new book published by MoveOn.org, the 527 which is spending millions of dollars on ads attacking President Bush.