The spouses of Secret Service agents in the Denver field office are circulating a petition online asking that Denver special agent in charge Kerry O’Grady be fired after it was discovered last month that she openly decried protecting President Donald Trump.
The petition is addressed to Secret Service Director Joesph Clancy and was written anonymously.
“We, the undersigned, are family members and concerned citizens who are urging the leaders in the US Secret Service to act now and terminate SAIC Kerry O’Grady from the duties she boldly stated she will not perform,” the petition states.
“This petition is to make known the sincere concerns that many Special Agent’s wives, loved ones and American citizens have with the written statements made by Kerry O’Grady regarding her unwillingness to conduct herself in a professional manner and to uphold the oath she willingly took 23 years ago,” it adds.
The petition goes on to say:
As family members of Special Agents that put their lives on the line every day for “the protective mission,” we are outraged by her lack of respect for her colleagues and those that find themselves under her command. She has lost all credibility with the agents, their families and the American people that pay her salary. US Secret Service agents are the defenders of democracy. They are ALL that stands between those who would harm our national leaders and they are sworn to defend the constitution, giving the ultimate sacrifice if necessary. Ms. O’Grady stated she will not defend our democracy. Her statements show an incredible lack of judgment that can not be tolerated so close to the heart of our government.
The men and women of the US Secret Service are to conduct themselves above reproach, in a constant professional manner to complete the mission, regardless of who the protectee is or their politics. Ms. O’Grady has publicly aligned herself with the worst in our society, those who wish to bring harm on our leaders.
As TheBlaze reported, O’Grady stirred controversy last month after the Washington Examiner broke news that O’Grady wrote on her personal Facebook page in October that she would rather face “jail time” than take “a bullet” for then-Presidential candidate Trump. In her post, O’Grady also alluded she was a supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
According to O’Grady’s Facebook post, she viewed Trump as a “disaster” for America and someone who would restrict the rights of women and minorities.
Her comments were seen as extremely troubling given that she’s the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver field office. That means when the president, vice president or other top government officials come to town, O’Grady is responsible for coordinating their protection with Washington-based advanced teams prior to their arrival and once they arrive.
Still, the Secret Service opened an investigation into the matter only after the Examiner’s reporting last month, despite being made aware of the Facebook post last October. They have since taken action against O’Grady, placing her on paid leave late last month as the investigation into her continues.
But for the Secret Service spouses behind the petition, paid administrative leave is not enough.
“Because of her statements and blatant disregard for her oath, we are asking that the US Secret Service terminate Ms. O’Grady of her duties effective immediately,” they wrote. “She is no longer worthy of trust and confidence.”
The petition began circulating on Jan. 26 and boasts 462 signatures as of Tuesday morning.