Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Mary Matalin scores six-fig book deal with former bosses daughter Mary Cheney (there is no such thing as ...coincidence?) CBS movie deal to follow?


TUE MARCH 29, 2005 11:03:27 ET


A former senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney has signed Cheney's daughter to a book deal, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. The curious and bold first acquisition of former

Cheney adviser Mary Matalin in her new position at publisher SIMON & SCHUSTER is valued in the mid-six figures, top sources reveal.

Mary Cheney, who during the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns served as a top aide to her father, will write from her unique perspective as both a campaign senior staffer and as a daughter.

Her book will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the high intensity world of political campaigns. It will also offer her account of what it was like to become an issue in the 2004 presidential election A top executive at VIACOM, parent of SIMON & SCHUSTER, who asked not to be named, was initally alarmed the deal would be seen as a "Thank You" from Matalin to the Cheneys."It's so not the case," said a SIMON & SCHUSTER insider. "This was a great opportunity to secure a great political story. Period."

The deal was sealed with DC power lawyer Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly, sources tell DRUDGE.

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Matalin, editor in chief, said about her inaugural acquisition: "Mary Cheney was smack-dab in the middle of every major event at the highest level on the last two national campaigns." No need for a fact-checker on the project. Matalin, herself, was there too. [Kilroy2005 wuz here]

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