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Son of Former Bush Aide Accused in Georgetown Anti-Gay Attack


The son of George Bush's former chief of staff of the Council on Environmental Quality has been accused of an anti-gay attack.

Georgetown student Philip Anderton Cooney was arrested in connection with a September 9 attack in which a fellow student says he was assaulted after being followed and taunted with homophobic slurs.

Cooney2According to D.C. Police Lt. Alberto Jova, "The victim said he was walking by a party that was dispersing and two men started following him and yelling homophobic epithets. One of the males approached him and started punching him with closed fists about the face. The victim in this case suffered cuts and bruises to his face and a broken thumb."

The victim tracked his attacker down through Facebook, which led to Cooney's arrest:

NBC4 reports: "The victim said he learned from a friend that a fellow student had discussed the incident in class, and the friend gave the victim the initials from that student's monogrammed book bag. The victim used that information to scour profiles and photos on the popular social networking site, Facebook. He said he found a profile that resembled his attacker, and police worked with university public safety officials to make the identification and arrest. 'The victim said he made it a point to etch the suspect's face in his mind and remember him,' Jova said. 'Because of that he was able to give a very positive identification.'"

Cooney's lawyer is arguing that the investigation was not thorough enough and referenced the Duke Lacrosse case in accusing law enforcement of rushing to judgment.

Cooney's father, Philip A. Cooney, resigned from his White House position in 2005 and took a job as an oil lobbyist with ExxonMobil. In March, Cooney admitted during 2007 Congressional hearings that he had altered environmental reports in order to downplay the effects that man-made greenhouse gases were having on global warming.

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  1. Wow, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it?

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 1, 2007 11:01:58 AM

  2. Look at that bow tie and hair cut - dude, that's so ghey!

    Funny they cite the Dook lax case ... one of those guys was also involved in a supposed anti-gay assault in the DC area a couple of years ago.

    What is it with these complete phag-looking frat boys and their pathetic bravado...

    Posted by: ATLSteve | Oct 1, 2007 11:11:52 AM

  3. We - it appears - have an epidemic on our hands.

    Posted by: Richard | Oct 1, 2007 11:26:21 AM

  4. I think cute moppy-haired boys who carry monogrammed book bags and wear pink and green bow ties should probably refrain from singling out other boys as gay.

    Andy, I take it the victim's injuries were minor? Please keep us updated on this's almost impossible to believe the progeny of Daddy Bush's accomplices could be involved in something so deplorable.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 1, 2007 11:31:11 AM

  5. Stupid entitled fuck

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 1, 2007 12:03:59 PM

  6. Cooney's lawyer says that we should not rush to judge his client as a gaybasher. He should have advised Cooney not to rush to judgement that the victim was gay and then attack him.

    And the references to the Duke lacrosse case are nothing more than a sleazy attempt to claim that his client is an innocent victim rather than the perpetrator.

    Posted by: Bloggernista | Oct 1, 2007 12:23:01 PM

  7. Another reason to avoid Facebook. Now, would the gay son of an arch-Republican/conservative official be inclined to stay closeted and gay bash?? What's pop going to think now?

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 1, 2007 12:42:40 PM

  8. Hmmm. Seems I've seen that face before...


    Posted by: dc-20008 | Oct 1, 2007 12:51:19 PM

  9. DC, we expect links! ;)

    Posted by: Harris | Oct 1, 2007 12:58:42 PM

  10. PeterParker-

    From what we know the victim was hospitalized after the attack on 9/9 with woulds to the face and a broken thumb, but is no longer in the hospital.

    I've been following this--and the University's response--since Friday, since I did undergrad at G.U.

    This is the University that took their two LGBT student groups to the Supreme Court to keep them off campus, so there's much more going on here besides the link to a former Bushie!

    Posted by: BoiFromTroy | Oct 1, 2007 1:44:55 PM

  11. I love his tie.

    And like it or not, but some Republican boys are hot (but not that one).

    Posted by: Jordan | Oct 1, 2007 3:12:01 PM

  12. thnx for the update BOIFROMTROY!

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 1, 2007 3:33:56 PM

  13. What ever happened to "Queers Bash Back"?

    Posted by: R.R. | Oct 1, 2007 3:58:08 PM

  14. I looked and can't find anything on Manhunt. But am going to keep looking...

    Hopefully someone will bash this little bastard right back. Doesn't have to be today, or tomorrow... but someday...

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Oct 1, 2007 4:39:49 PM

  15. Did anyone else notice the president's "Chief of staff of the Council on Environmental Quality" left this job to take a job for Exxon-Mobile. These people are so corrupt and their sons are hateful little cowardly pricks. Go figure.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 1, 2007 5:45:48 PM

  16. I'm not surprised the victim didn't bash back. In addition to the terrifying scenario of being randomly assaulted, there were two bashers and one bashee.

    Nice job, junior Bushie....ganging up on some unsuspecting bystander and pummeling him while your friend keeps watch. You've got a bright future in the rethuglican party, that's for sure.

    Posted by: DC Guy | Oct 1, 2007 6:23:55 PM

  17. fuck him. hope he gets the shit knocked out of him soon.

    Posted by: dattexas | Oct 1, 2007 10:56:20 PM

  18. Some of the comments on here are very disturbing. Guilty or not, this person is entitled to due process and the presumption of innocence. The Duke case SHOULD be a reminder of that. What happened to the victim was a tragedy, but potentially blaming an innocent person would only add to it.

    Posted by: Aaron | Oct 1, 2007 11:08:10 PM

  19. I'm an undergrad at GU presently, and this whole event is simultaneous shocking and yet completely unsurprising. There is a distinct atmosphere of homophobia from certain sectors of campus, yet while we're *used* to the occasional verbal assault or graffiti incident, we all like to believe and live in our fantasy world of "diversity in action".

    The most outrageous thing about this whole affair, however, is that the University covered it up for THREE WEEKS, despite the fact that a suspect was still at large and posed a potential threat to students. The University has no qualms about sending out *urgent* emails about suspicious looking black males outside dorms or a theft a few blocks north in Burleith, but recognize that there are gay people on campus and that a white student might have been the perpetrator of a hate crime that put a student in the hospital? OH NO, can't have that now, can we?

    Anyway we had a really successful rally today protesting how this whole affair has been handled by the administration with a petition delivered to the president demanding that all biased incidents and crimes in general be handled with clear, transparent, and published protocol, that the Coordinator of LGBTQ Resources be made a full time job (it's currently only a half-time position that was only established 4 years ago), and that all incoming students be trained on such simple things as what "transgender" means, which you can be sure probably is in the same or even less proportions as members of Congress.

    You can catch the NBC 4 coverage of it here:

    Posted by: Gtownboy2009 | Oct 2, 2007 12:11:09 AM

  20. Gtownboy:
    Good to hear that some things have changed since I was on that campus a decade ago...and you are right; there was no hesitation in the administration noting that a minority had attacked a student in the neighborhoods to the immediate north of the university...but you could be sure that privileged white student violence on other privileged white students would not get a peep out of anyone.
    Keep up the fight, Hoya!

    Posted by: tom | Oct 2, 2007 12:53:23 AM

  21. I was a GTown student three years ago, and I just thought of this.

    All of you owe an apology to this poor kid, who had a year of his life stolen away from him on a charge that was proven absolutely inconceivable in a court of law.

    Shame on everyone here. Shame on the person who wrote this story.

    Posted by: Justice | Jun 7, 2011 6:54:18 PM

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