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Former Surgeon General Carmona owned stock in tobacco companies

Posted: October 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm   /   by

From Jeff Flake for Senate:

Arizona Republic Report: Carmona Stock Holdings At Odds With His Principles

Months after announcing Senate run, anti-smoking Surgeon General owned stock in tobacco companies

PHOENIX – According to a report from the Arizona Republic, despite making anti-smoking a major hallmark of his time as U.S. Surgeon General, Democrat Richard Carmona has owned significant stock investments in tobacco companies. The report can be read here:

“Despite crusading against smoking while Surgeon General, Richard Carmona has profited from tobacco companies.  That’s a major breach of trust with Arizona voters,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for the Flake campaign.  “Richard Carmona owes Arizonans some answers.  Did Carmona own stock in these companies while he was Surgeon General?  Does he accept responsibility for his holdings or will he continue to blame his financial broker?  He claims that he sold these stocks after announcing his run for Senate.  Can he prove that?  What does he intend to do with the proceeds of these holdings – donate them to charity or keep them?”

The Arizona Republic quotes Carmona as telling Congress in 2003: “If you’re asking me, would I support banning or abolishing tobacco products? Yes.  Legislation is not my field. If Congress chose to go that way, that would be up to them. But I see no need for any tobacco products in society.”  Yet even while he was running for Senate, Carmona owned up to $90,000 of stock in Philip Morris and Altria Group.
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Richard Carmona Won’t Explain Why He Profited Off Tobacco Companies While Being Top National Crusader Against Smoking

Democrat busted for privately investing thousands in product he decried publicly as addictive and dangerous

PHOENIX – Democrat Senate candidate Richard Carmona has said that his fight against smoking and tobacco was a major hallmark of his tenure as U.S. Surgeon General.  However a news report released on Friday shows that, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Dr. Carmona held investments valued at up to $90,000 in major tobacco companies like Altria Group and Philip Morris.
“Dr. Carmona’s campaign presents a carefully edited story about their candidate. Clearly the fact that Dr. Carmona privately invested thousands of dollars in a product that he publicly crusaded against as dangerous and addictive is something they left on the cutting room floor,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for Flake for Senate. “There’s no valid excuse for such outright hypocrisy from a public official. Dr. Carmona now has an obligation to explain to voters why he invested in tobacco companies, when he did, and how much profit he made.”
Dr. Carmona’s fervent public crusade against tobacco is well documented, making the revelation about his private investments all the more curious.
In fact, less than ten years ago, while serving as Surgeon General, Richard Carmona called for an outright ban on tobacco, saying: I see no need for any tobacco products in society” (Kristen B. Mitchell, “Ban All Tobacco, Official Suggests,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/4/03).

Dr. Carmona actively warned the public about the addictiveness of tobacco, saying on NPR in 2003 that: “There are no tobacco products that are good for you, and in my recent congressional testimony is how I stated that, you know, people should not smoke, people should not chew. We still have 4,000 children a day that start smoking, and we have to stop them from starting, because once they begin, it is very difficult for them to withdraw from tobacco” (“Dr. Richard Carmona Discusses His Role As Surgeon General,” Bob Edwards Show, National Public Radio, 11/27/03).

Upon his departure as the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona told the AP that he would judge himself successful if he had persuaded one student to make good health choices or one mother to stop smoking (Kevin Freking, “Surgeon General Carmona Leaves Post,” The Associated Press, 8/1/06).
The Arizona Republic report can be read here:
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Former Surgeon General Carmona owned stock in tobacco companies