Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is one of two senators investigating the Rite Aid pharmacy chains use of wellness ambassadors, whose role appears to be pushing the sales of supplements.
Tom Dudchiks Capitol Report (http://ctcapitolreport.com) links a story about this from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which is the journal of record of the national headquarters of Concussion Inc.: the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. And thats sweet, since UPMCs Dr. Joseph Maroon a consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football League, and the medical director of Connecticut-based World Wrestling Entertainment shills for at least two supplement companies, and has at least an indirect equity interest in one of them.
Now I have another question for Senator Blumenthal.
He is among the many legislators who have accepted campaign contributions from the National Football Leagues political action committee, the Gridiron PAC. Blumenthals crusade against blackouts also stops and ends at pressuring the NFL to broadcast home-market games on free TV even when the stadium doesnt sell out more than 72 hours in advance.
When I call Blumenthal a senator from concussions, the perjorative is considered. In my native state, Missouri, we used to joke that Stuart Symington was the senator from McDonnell-Douglas because he made sure never to cross the manufacturer of military fighter jets and the biggest employer in the St. Louis area. Similarly, Scoop Jackson of Washington was known as the senator from Lockheed.
Blumenthal sits on the Senate Commerce Committee, whose Tom Udall of New Mexico held a hearing about concussions in October that was about as close to worthless as you can get.
So heres my question for the junior senator from Connecticut:
The NFL is partnering with and underwriting a public education campaign on concussions by the federal Centers for Disease Control. A CDC spokesperson told me that the leagues $150,000 grant marked the first time the CDC Foundation has received external funding to help support the agencys Heads Up initiative. Isnt that like having the Tobacco Institute draft the surgeon generals warnings on cigarette packages?
Theres no use in my contacting Blumenthals office for comment it never responds to my inquiries. Of course, that wasnt the case with the Blumenthal Senate campaign in 2010, when it made arrangements through me to reach Mike Benoit, the father of homicidal-suicidal WWE performer Chris Benoit, and fly him from Canada to Connecticut for a press conference talking about the evil ways of WWE co-founder and ex-CEO Linda McMahon (Blumenthals Republican opponent and a Senate candidate again this year).
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