So this doesn’t look good for Trump’s Health and Human Services nominee (the parent organization of the NIH and the CDC; boldface mine):
Georgia Congressman Tom Price is proving once again that when it comes to flouting conflicts of interest, he and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Trump’s nominee for Health Secretary, Price reportedly bought thousands of dollars in a medical-device company last year and then, less than a week later, introduced legislation to benefit it. Later, the company’s PAC donated to Price, CNN reports.
The company is Zimmer Biomet, a leading producer of hip- and knee-replacements. In March of 2016, Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of stock in the Indiana-based company, according to CNN. Then, before the month was over, he introduced the HIP Act, which would have delayed changes sure to affect the bottom line of Zimmer Biomet.
Leaving aside how Spiro Agnew this is, why didn’t Democrats pound the crap him about this when he ran for office? Is there anyone doing opposition research at the DNC or DCCC? (given Wasserman-Schultz, the question probably answers itself for the DCCC…).
Regardless of where you fall on the New Democrat-Sanders continuum, to not use this is political malpractice. We need smarter Democrats and quickly.