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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Is Elliot Spitzer the model?

Chris Graham, who has stellar political stories, had a good one yesterday on comparisons between Virginia's AG and crusading NY AG Eliot Spitzer.

Both Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds said that Spitzer went a little far sometimes in his pursuit of corporations.

McDonnell

"Frankly, if there's corporate corruption, it's something that needs to be gone after...But Spitzer has brought it to an art form, and has done some things that have done nothing but drive up the costs of goods and services for consumers across America."
Deeds

"There's certainly a role in Virginia for a more active attorney general. Is that to say that the attorney general in Virginia should be as active as the attorney general in New York?...Maybe there's a model between where we are and where the guy in New York is that we can follow. There are instances where our attorney general can stand up and make a difference by taking on a more active role."
Compare Deeds' comments yesterday to those he made at his Richmond campaign kick-off on March 29th.

RT-D
He promised to "crack down on price gouging by the drug companies who make our medicines and our well-being a profit center instead of an affordable way of life" and to fight for lower drug prices for seniors, as well as stand up "for
the ordinary people."
AP
[H]e also promised to champion consumer issues, including lower health care costs.

"The big pharmaceutical and health insurance companies don't need another attorney general serving as their advocate," Deeds said at a state Capitol news conference.

"With Creigh Deeds, we'll have a crackdown on price gouging by the drug companies who make our medicines and our well-being a profit center instead of an affordable way of life," he said. "We'll take on the insurance companies who deny coverage and put bureaucracy before quality health care."

Deeds said attorneys general in other states "have gone after pharmaceutical companies," but he did not say specifically how he would proceed.
Free Lance-Star
Deeds promised to be a consumer advocate on issues such as drug prices. "The big pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies don't need another attorney general serving as their advocate," Deeds said. "We'll have a crackdown on price gouging by the drug companies who make our medicines and our well-being a profit center rather than an affordable way of life."

Deeds said he would lower drug prices for seniors and low-income Virginians.

He also said he'd be an advocate for the environment, making sure corporate polluters clean up messes.
The ATRA's participation in the Republican AG nomination got a little bit of coverage. Most of the attention focused on the method of ATRA's donation, rather than the reasons for said participation. I daresay that if they were concerned about Steve Baril, they are downright worried about Creigh Deeds.

Here are some questions that I would like to have answered:
Would either candidate have sued Blockbuster over their new rental policy?
Would either candidate have sued manufacturers of coal tar shampoo?
Would either candidate have sued to require manufacturers to list inert products on chemical labels?
Will either candidate pursue contingent fee relationships with trial lawyers?

3 Comments:

Blogger Old Zach said...

Don't you mean Charlottesville Liberal Creigh Deeds?

9:00 PM

 
Blogger Addison said...

I'm keeping my powder dry. That has to last until November 9th.

7:50 AM

 
Anonymous Colorado Health Insurance said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

3:48 PM

 

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