Deval shoots down absentee slam amid latest FDA warning
Even as Gov. Deval Patrick was brushing off criticism he’s been off stumping for President Obama amid the state drug lab scandal and the deadly meningitis outbreak traced to a state licensed pharmacy, the FDA warned yesterday that other drugs produced by the Framingham compounding company could be tainted with the lethal disease.Poor, poor Cadillac Deval. A guy just can't catch a break in his last term as governor (and yes, I enjoy typing that immensely). All he wants to do is jet around shilling for Obama's second term, and all of these inconvenient little issues keep popping up. I mean, please. Just because thousands of criminals are about to hit the streets because the MA State Crime lab had less oversight than a WalMart, why should Deval interrupt his travel plans? And MA-based labs are infecting people with meningitis? Bah.
Three patients who received other drugs made by the New England Compounding Center have developed infections, according to the Food and Drug Administration. One patient with “possible meningitis” received an epidural injection; two transplant patients with infections had been administered cardioplegic solution.
I'm conflicted on this one. On the one hand, every moment he's out of Massachusetts is a moment he's not screwing things up here. A lame duck governor that doesn't have to worry about re-election can really make a royal mess of things, and the more time he spends on the road the better we all are. On the other hand, he's still the governor, and unless he's refusing his salary (like Mitt Romney did), we're paying him to be here for the next two years. Refuse material is impacting the oscillating metal air movement device, and he's more interested in jetting off to NY to attend the debate.
It shouldn't surprise anyone - he's been an absentee governor pretty much his entire term. Going back to the legalized gambling vote in 2008, one of the pivotal bills that Patrick staked his political capital on, he was in NY at a book signing event on the night the vote was held. Sure, it would have been symbolism only had be been here, but this was the biggest bill of his political career, and he had better things to do. Now he's hitching his wagon to Obama's star, and he's got to be sweating bullets as it doesn't appear to be the cakewalk it seemed a month ago...
It's hard to tell which is worse for poor Cadillac - that he's catching flak for being MIA, or that no one seems to care...
That is all.