Trump Appointee Abruptly Resigns Due to “Complex Financial Interests”

January 31, 2018 By: El Jefe Category: Trump

Brenda Fitzgerald, Trump appointee to head the Center for Disease Control has abruptly resigned.  In the announcement, the administration cited her reason as “complex financial interests”.  OK, let’s translate that into English…Fitzgerald owns tobacco company stocks and other investments that conflict her with the mission of the CDC.  As we all know, fighting tobacco use and its associated diseases is one of the CDC’s flagship missions.  And, it gets better…Because of her investments, she has conflicted herself out of testifying before Congress.  Interesting strategy – “I’m so conflicted in my job that I can’t testify as to what I’m doing in my job.”  Anyhoo, she finally caved and has resigned rather than divest as required.  What better person to fight tobacco use than someone invested in tobacco, right?

Here’s the good part.  She bought the tobacco company stock…wait for it…AFTER she was appointed head of CDC and had toured the agency’s tobacco research lab.  That’s rich.

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8 Comments to “Trump Appointee Abruptly Resigns Due to “Complex Financial Interests””


  1. Jane & PKM says:

    Another of Donnie’s “the best” brought to the ‘logical’ stable genius conclusion. Translate: ending in a pile of her own poo.

    Another ‘comforting’ thought was brought to us by the Dotard45 maladministration. Had Little Rocket Man chosen last night to end our misery in Dee Cee, Donnie’s chosen for the role of last man standing was Sonny Perdue as the designated survivor. Guess we are supposed to be grateful we weren’t left to the disposal instincts of a Mikey Pence or Betsy DeVile. Thanks, Donnie.

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  2. Prolly no due diligence, no matter how timely and deep, could have predicted such an ethics gap as the one Brenda Fitzgerald has exhibited.

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  3. The Trump administration needs a better thesaurus. Or someone who knows how to use one.

    I believe the words they were really looking for were “basic financial interests” although “simple” or “stupid” would be equally appropriate.

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  4. Par for the course for the grifter-in-chief.

    BTW, did you know that the word “Pendejo” is Spanish for “stable genius”? ☺

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  5. The extra cheezy layer on the lasagna of lies would be if she smokes.

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  6. @Chica
    No that’s not what I learned some years ago in Tijuana that “pendejo” meant in Spanish. Although the resemblance IS remarkable.

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  7. @Chica 4 – Are you the Chica who comments on Raw Story? If so, yay!!

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  8. Agree with RA regarding cheers if the Chica in these comments is the same Chica who comments frequently on Raw Story.

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