December 5, 2004

TOUGH WAY TO GET A SECOND CHANCE:

New US Homeland Chief Fathered Daughter in Korea (Reuben Staines, 12/05/04, Korea Times)

Bernard Kerik, the man tasked with protecting the United States from the threat of terrorist attacks, fathered a daughter with a South Korean woman while serving on the peninsula in the mid-1970s, U.S. media reported over the weekend.

Kerik, who was selected to replace Tom Ridge as secretary of the Homeland Security Department on Thursday, had the baby with a woman identified as Sun-ja after arriving in South Korea as a 19-year-old military policeman in December 1974, according to several reports.

The baby, named Lisa, was born in 1975. But Kerik deserted her and her mother when he left the country in February 1976.

In his 2001 autobiography, titled ``The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice,’’ Kerik called the decision ``a mistake I will always regret, and I pray to God that one day I can make it right.’’

He said Sun-ja, who later married another U.S. soldier, had not allowed him to meet his daughter until seeing him on The Oprah Winfrey Show following his Sept. 11 heroics.

Sun-ja arranged for the two to meet after 26 years of separation and they appeared together at Kerik's retirement dinner as police chief at the New York Sheraton in 2002.

Kerik named Lisa along with his two other daughters and son during his acceptance speech for the Homeland Security post.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2004 6:14 PM
Comments

Is this revelation supposed to derail his nomination? Sounds like he eventually took responsibility for it. And after Clinton's adventures the Dems don't have a leg to stand on.

Posted by: AWW at December 5, 2004 10:47 PM

Didn't allow him to see his daughter? Yeah, right. Typical male excuse. Blame the woman. If he really wanted visitation rights, he could have gotten them. Clearly, he just didn't want them badly enough.

So much for the Bush administration's family values.

Posted by: Anna at December 7, 2004 12:08 AM

How could the media "report" this if it was in his autobiography? Can't he pull the Clintonesque "that's old news" trick?

Anna;

Perhaps he was simply considerate enough to respect the mother's wishes rather than make an international legal case out of it.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at December 7, 2004 8:51 PM
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