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September 24, 2005

Murkiness Surrounds Resignation of FDA Commissioner

Piece of crap Commissioner Lester M. Crawford resigned yesterday via email, just two months after officially being named head of the Food and Drug Administration. He ain't resigning because of his extramarital relationship with a woman who worked in his office. He ain't resigning because of his disgusting abuse of reproductive rights by pulling administrative wool over the ability of women to get Plan B, the morning after pill, from pharmacists without a prescription. No, he's resigning because of a scandal that has not been made public yet.

A government official said the resignation was related to the fact that Dr. Crawford had not fully disclosed information about his finances to the Senate before his confirmation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing Dr. Crawford's privacy. [...]

Ira Loss, senior health analyst at Washington Analysis, which studies federal issues for investors, said he had been told by someone in the White House that Dr. Crawford had been asked to resign for a reason not yet known to the public.

"Something new has arisen that has led to this," Mr. Loss said. It was not the controversy over the morning-after pill, he said, because Dr. Crawford "did what they wanted on Plan B."

From: "Leader of the F.D.A. Steps Down After a Short, Turbulent Tenure," by Robert Pear and Andrew Pollack in NYT

Posted by cj at September 24, 2005 1:20 PM


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