(CNSNews.com) - A Tennessee woman, who rents a four-bedroom house in Carthage from Vice President Al Gore, told a Nashville television station last week that Gore has refused to repair the property's rundown plumbing.
However, a spokesman for Gore said the vice president was unaware of the house's dilapidated condition until his staff was contacted by WTVF-TV, the CBS affiliate in Nashville.
"I cannot get Al Gore to do nothing," Tracy Mayberry told the television station. "I consider him no better than some of the other landlords - the slumlords I call them."
Mayberry, who lives in the $400-a-month house with her disabled husband and two daughters about 50 miles east of Nashville, said she complained repeatedly to Gore's property manager about toilets that regularly overflow and sinks that won't drain. "Just the odors alone is enough to make you sick," said Mayberry.
The property manager sent Mayberry a letter telling her that she and her family would have to move out of the house while the septic system was being fixed, and that after they left, the Secret Service would move into the home. "I don't think it's fair," said Mayberry.
Since the television station aired the story, Gore reportedly has contacted Mayberry personally and promised to fix the problems. He has also reportedly offered to pay for the Mayberry family's temporary lodging.
"I should emphasize for the record they're not being evicted," said Gore's spokesman Doug Hathaway.