He has been cited as the most powerful vice president in American history. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger , eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations. He served as White House chief of staff from to In , Cheney was elected to the U. House of Representatives.
2/12/2006: VP Dick Cheney Shoots Hunting Partner
Harry Whittington Still Waiting For Apology, 4 Years After Dick Cheney Shooting | HuffPost
Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets. Harry Whittington, a millionaire attorney from Austin, was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a Corpus Christi hospital Sunday. It was almost like he was spending time with me in my living room," said hospital administrator Peter Banko, who visited Whittington. The accident occurred Saturday at a ranch in south Texas where the vice president and several companions were hunting quail. It was not reported publicly by the vice president's office for nearly 24 hours, and then only after it was reported locally by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on its Web site Sunday, CBS News correspondent Susan Roberts reports. Katharine Armstrong, the ranch's owner, said Sunday that Cheney was using a gauge shotgun and that Whittington was about 30 yards away when he was hit.
Texas lawyer shot in the face by Dick Cheney has yet to receive an apology
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Whittington, then 78, was part of a quail-hunting party on a South Texas ranch with Cheney and others when the vice president accidentally shot him in the face and torso after a covey of game birds took flight. Dozens of tiny bird-shot pellets peppered his face and torso. Whittington lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital.
But Harry M. Whittington, the irascible, year-old attorney from Austin who wound up on the wrong end of the Vice President's quail-hunting gun on Saturday, is a longtime supporter of President Bush and longtime friends with White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, with whom he helped build the once-moribund Texas Republican Party into today's powerhouse. And he is said by friends to be taking his wounds with good humor. Whittington, a wealthy real-estate investor, is well-known in the Texas capital for a six-year dispute with the city over a downtown block owned by his family that was taken by the city for use as a parking garage. Just two weeks ago, he won his third legal victory in the case, a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court.