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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crist and the Kooks

Always remember, friends, it’s only Right Wing politicians who indulge anti-science kooks.  Moderates like Charlie Crist are devoted to real science and would never ... I’m sorry, JREF?

Coming from anyone else, the blustery email threat might be easily dismissed. But “Dr. Gary,” as Kompothecras is known, is the self-styled “Rainmaker,” a Sarasota chiropractor who has raised more than $1 million over the years for Senate candidate and soon-to-be ex-governor Charlie Crist.

So it’s bound to turn heads when the man known to occasionally lend his private jet to the governor uses his political clout to try to bully Florida health officials into turning over scores of the state’s sealed immunization records. Especially when they’re for a father-son team, Dr. Mark and David Geier, infamous for injecting autistic children with Lupron, a drug used to chemically castrate prostate cancer patients and pedophiles.

The amazing Orac has the rundown here on Kompothecras and the Geiers, who are vaccine conspiracy theorists of the first order and quacks of the zeroth order.  Kompothecras not only supports this vaccine nonsense—which has recently claimed the lives of nine California children in an outbreak of whooping cough; he wants the state to turn privacy laws and HIPAA inside out to support more pseudo-scientific research.  And according to the article, Crist is pressuring officials to give in.

(The latter claim is anonymously sourced. But given Crist’s record of spinelessly caving in whenever it gives him a political advantage, it sounds imminently plausible.  Crist has no principles to violate.)

Florida’s Biggest Sore Loser should be ashamed to even know, let alone take sacks of money from someone like Kompothecras.  I worry about the anti-science attitudes of many Republicans.  But that’s peanuts compared to someone who is openly sympathetic to one of the biggest public health scandals of our time—the false and dangerous assertion that vaccines cause autism.  This is yet one more reason—as if we needed another—to hope that Crist goes down in flames this November.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/29/10 at 05:47 PM in Elections   Election 2010  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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