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Dr. Richard Carmona Wanted Tobacco Banned, Yet Invested Up To $90,000 In Big Tobacco

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Carmona’s Hypocrisy Proves Once Again That Arizonans Can’t Trust Him

PHOENIX – Arizonans continue to realize that Richard Carmona can’t be trusted, because while he led the crusade against the use of tobacco, a new report reveals that he actually owned up to $90,000 in tobacco companies.

During his time as the Surgeon General, Carmona made it very clear that he opposed the use of tobacco products and second-hand smoke.  Additionally, Carmona said that he would view his tenure a success if he was able to persuade one student or one mother not to smoke.

Yet after he left that post, Carmona proceeded to purchase up to $90,000 of stock with Philip Morris and Altria.  Additionally, as President Obama personally recruited him to run for office, he continued to hold onto these stocks because he shared this information on his personal disclosure form.

As the Arizona Republic reports:

“Richard Carmona, the former U.S. surgeon general who is now running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, until recently owned mutual funds containing stocks in the tobacco giants Altria Group and Philip Morris International. … According to his financial-disclosure report, Carmona’s holdings in Altria Group and Philip Morris International were worth between $6,006 and $90,000.  Cigarette packs carry a surgeon general’s warning about health risks.  Carmona was an outspoken critic of tobacco during his 2002 to 2006 tenure as President George W. Bush’s surgeon general. In 2006, he issued a major report detailing the health consequences of involuntary exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.  In 2003, Carmona told a congressional committee that he saw ‘no need for any tobacco products in society.’”  (Dan Nowicki, Carmona deals with mutual-funds issue, Arizona Republic, 9/28/12)

“As Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona led the crusade against the dangerous effects of smoking, yet when he left that post he proceeded to purchase up to $90,000 of stock in tobacco related companies,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “It’s just another reminder that Mr. Carmona is a phony politician who can’t be trusted.”

BACKGROUND …

As Surgeon General, Richard Carmona Was Strongly Against The Use Of Tobacco

Yet After He Left, Carmona Purchased Up To $90,000 In Philip Morris & Altria
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Posted by on October 1, 2012.

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Categories: Arizona Politics, Campaigns & Elections, Liberals, Press Release, Special Interests

3 Responses

  1. Nice cut and paste. The Nowicki hit piece makes no mention of WHEN Carmona acquired his interest in Philip Morris.

    But that is easily remedied by another “news story” from the smoke-filled think tank at Republican headquarters:

    “As Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona led the crusade against the dangerous effects of smoking, yet when he left that post he proceeded to purchase up to $90,000 of stock in tobacco related companies,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.

    by zoo on Oct 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  2. ROFL! Talk about a SMOKESCREEN, LOL! :-)

    We don’t care about tobacco! What we care about is that JEFF FLAKE tried to legislate into existence the very same DREAM Act which B. Hussein Obama just illegally implemented by executive decree! The DREAM Act was included in Flake’s STRIVE Act which he co-authored with Chicago “progressive” Democrat Congressman Luis Gutierrez!

    Here’s the initial portion of the DREAM Act of 2009:

    HR 1751 IH

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `American Dream Act’.

    SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

    (1) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term `institution of higher education’ has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001).

    (2) UNIFORMED SERVICES- The term `uniformed services’ has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code.

    SEC. 3. RESTORATION OF STATE OPTION TO DETERMINE RESIDENCY FOR PURPOSES OF HIGHER EDUCATION BENEFITS.

    (a) In General- Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1623) is repealed.

    (b) Effective Date- The repeal under subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

    SEC. 4. CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF CERTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENTS WHO ENTERED THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN.

    (a) Special Rule for Certain Long-Term Residents Who Entered the United States as Children-

    (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as otherwise provided in this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security may cancel removal of, and adjust to the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, subject to the conditional basis described in section 5, an alien who is inadmissible or deportable from the United States, if the alien demonstrates that–

    (A) the alien has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding the date of enactment of this Act, and had not yet reached the age of 16 years at the time of initial entry;

    Here is the initial protion of Title VI, Subtitle B of the STRIVE Act of 2007:

    H.R.1645
    STRIVE Act of 2007 (Introduced in House – IH)

    Subtitle B–DREAM Act of 2007

    SEC. 621. SHORT TITLE.

    This subtitle may be cited as the `Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007′ or the `DREAM Act of 2007′.

    SEC. 622. DEFINITIONS.

    In this subtitle:

    (1) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term `institution of higher education’ has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001).

    (2) UNIFORMED SERVICES- The term `uniformed services’ has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code.

    SEC. 623. RESTORATION OF STATE OPTION TO DETERMINE RESIDENCY FOR PURPOSES OF HIGHER EDUCATION BENEFITS.

    (a) In General- Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1623) is repealed.

    (b) Effective Date- The repeal under subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (division C of Public Law 104-208; 110 Stat. 3009-546).

    SEC. 624. CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF CERTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENTS WHO ENTERED THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN.

    (a) Special Rule for Certain Long-Term Residents Who Entered the United States as Children-

    (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, the Secretary may cancel removal of, and adjust to the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, subject to the conditional basis described in section 625, an alien who is inadmissible or deportable from the United States, if the alien demonstrates that–

    (A) the alien has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding the date of enactment of this Act, and had not yet reached the age of 16 years at the time of initial entry;

    If you read on, you’ll see that the text of Title VI, Subtitle B of Jeff Flake’s STRIVE Act of 2007 and the text of the DREAM Act are the same word for word. The DREAM Act was part and parcel of Flake’s STRIVE Act of 2007.

    Forget tobacco. JEFF FLAKE supports the Obama illegal alien, illegal immigration agenda. …and I ain’t blowing smoke, LOL! :-)

    by Conservative American on Oct 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  3. Richard Carmona owned shares in *mutual funds* that owned tobacco stocks? Mutual funds that buy stocks in hundreds of companies? That’s the most negative story that the Arizona Republican Party could come up with about Richard Carmona? Wow.
    Disclaimer: I own shares in mutual funds that own shares in hundreds of companies. One of my favorite mutual funds owns shares in 500 companies. Maybe you’ve heard of it–it’s an S&P 500 Index Fund?
    Again: Wow.

    by Matt on Oct 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

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