Tuesday, September 18, 2007

 

Hill Puts His Money Man on the Offensive

It looks like John Gregory sure is glad that Timmy Hill got busted for deleting info off of Wikipedia. Matthew Hill's landlord and sugar daddy doesn't think the people who take his money are doing enough to stand up for him.

-Former King CEO defends record, GOP contributions (KTN, 9.16.07)

Major Tennessee Republican campaign donor John Gregory is going on offense in an attempt to clear up his professional record and counter future attacks by Democrats.

One reason Gregory is doing it is because he apparently doesn’t think Republican leaders have done enough to defend him.

Gregory’s spokesman, business associate and former Tennessee state Sen. Jim Holcomb, has issued a “talking points” document defending Gregory’s campaign contributions to Republicans and his tenure as former King Pharmaceuticals chairman and CEO. Gregory declined to be interviewed for this story.

...The greatest frustration has been that most of the Democratic attack on the Gregorys is defensible while only token efforts have been made by our leadership to call their assertions lies and protect one of the party’s benefactors.”

...After Gregory left the company, King agreed in November 2005 to repay $124 million plus interest to resolve allegations that it underpaid rebates owed to the Medicaid program and overcharged various federal and state governmental entities for its drug products, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

-The comments on this story are pretty telling too.

"I would ask the Gregorys not to be blindly devoted to the Republican Party however, in light of the Bush Republicans' positions towards outsourcing American's jobs, lack of immigration enforcement, NAFTA, etc. The current Republican platform has abandoned the very people who supported it, and we are abandoning the Republican Party until they change."

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Comments:
The Knoxville News Sentinel is now picking up on this same "Gregory talking points" matter:

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2007/sep/21/gop-contributor-sends-letters-to-defuse-critics/#comments
 
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