I don’t think all of this came out last night during the Tea Party/CNN debate. Texas Governor Rick Perry spent a lot of time defending his attempt to make parents opt out of a plan to innoculate all girls going into 6th grade with Gardisil to protect from the HPV virus. I can’t remember who mentioned that Perry received a campaign contribution from Merck which produces Gardisil, and at the time a former Perry Chief-of-Staff was working for Gardisil and their senior lobbyist. Perry said he received $5,000 and if anyone thought he could be bought for $5,000, he was offended. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) shot back: “I’m offended for all the little girls and parents who didn’t have a choice.” After the debate Bachmann was on with Greta and said after the election Merck “received appointments and political favors.” See the video below.
Well, of course, I don’t know the thoughts and the intents of the governor’s heart. I have no idea what they are, nor would I speculate. But I think it’s important to point out that this donor, like so many other of the governor’s donors, received appointments, received political favors.
And I think that we’re going to hear a lot more about that in the course of the campaign because this is what the American people don’t want. They don’t want crony capitalism. It infuriates them. We saw that with President Obama, when we saw over $500 million dollars go to Solyndra, who was a political donor of President Obama. It’s no better when Republicans engage in that, as well. People don’t want crony capitalism.
Update: Note that Perry was instituting the drug Gardisil through an Executive Order, meaning the legislation would not go to the Texas Congress for a vote.
Michele Bachmann: Perry, Merck and Crony Capitalism (video)