French officer Renault pockets his roulette winnings and then shuts down Humphrey Bogart’s bar because he is “shocked—shocked—to find that gambling is going on in here.” That pretty much describes the level of surprise when it was discovered that Multnomah County commissioner Diane McKeele introduced a budget amendment to allocate $200,000 in order to publicize The drug, Travada.
Manufactured by Gilead Sciences, the drug can help prevent HIV.
The federal Center for Disease Control last year recommended that people at risk of contracting HIV should think about taking Truvada, which is manufactured by Gilead Sciences, a massive, publicly-traded California drug company.
The drug, which costs in the neighborhood of $15,000 annually, has been slow to catch on.
What McKeele failed to disclose, however, is that her son works as communications director for the company. She's been in trouble before, but denied wrongdoing. In this case, having been busted in a clear case of conflict of interest, she's offering mea culpas.
Her chief of staff, Eric Zimmerman, tells WW that McKeel now realizes she should have declared a conflict of interest when she introduced a budget amendment last week aimed at spending $200,000 to publicize Truvada.
Zimmerman says McKeel will issue a statement on Thursday acknowledging the conflict and will not participate in budget deliberations involving her amendment.
Well, it's good that she "now realizes" and will recuse herself. But only after she got caught. I'm shocked - shocked - to find that corruption is going on in Oregon.