April 5, 2022
Has the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, King & Spalding, or Capitol Counsel ever represented TEVA, Allergan, J&J, Endo or any of their subsidiaries?
Erin Beck, MPH
March 23, 2022
My drug overdose story is running soon, so just circling back on that.
Additionally, I noticed that Attorney General Morrisey has repeatedly called for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ resignation.
In 2018, the Miami Herald reported that when former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was a US attorney in Florida, he personally worked on a "sweetheart deal" for sexual predator and human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. In a review of the billionaire’s case, the Herald reported how Acosta had made an agreement with Epstein to avoid major repercussions, even though a federal investigation had identified 36 underage victims. He served about 13 months before his release to probation in 2009.
Shortly after the Herald investigation was published, I asked Mr. Morrisey whether Acosta should step down. I had, and continue to receive, dozens of press releases from your office about human trafficking, so it seemed a relevant subject. In fact, as I'm sure you know, in calling for Mayorkas' resignation, he also pointed to sex trafficking.
He told me to talk to the Labor Department.
I wasn't sure why I would ask the Labor Department whether its secretary should step down, but anyway, Secretary Acosta went on to announce his resignation July 2019, shortly after Jeffrey Epstein was indicted on new charges related to the sexual assault of minors.
You know the rest.
Since Mr. Morrisey is apparently agreeable to calling for the resignation of U.S. cabinet-level officials, does Mr. Morrisey believe Acosta's failure to protect minors from sex trafficking in the about a decade period between Epstein's release and death was less egregious than Mayorkas' immigration policy decisions?
If the attorney general's decision not to denounce Acosta but to denounce Mayorkas is not based on the nature of the actions of each official, I can't come up with another rationale, unless perhaps Mr. Morrisey's stance is due to a different political environment.
Is the attorney general calling for Secretary Mayorkas' resignation because Mayorkas was nominated by President Biden, and not Secretary Acosta because he was nominated by President Trump?
If so, why is child sex trafficking less important to him when it occurs under a Republican administration?
Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,
Erin Beck, MPH
March 22, 2022
Hi John and welcome to West Virginia. Hope you’re settling in well. I’m sending this from a personal email, but I am the editor of the Shinnston News & Harrison County Journal. I’m also currently in the middle of taking over editing The Pendleton Times and I freelance write for various publications.
On multiple occasions (a selection of public statements are linked below), Attorney General Morrisey has linked fentanyl-related overdose deaths in West Virginia to Biden administration border policy.
“In West Virginia we really feel the impact of Biden’s border disorder in the form of illicit drugs that cross over the border, make their way ultimately into West Virginia and into the American heartlands, and what we’ve seen even in the last six to eight months is a dramatic increase in fentanyl and illicit drugs coming in to West Virginia, and that’s going to increase deaths and cast a very long shadow on the families of West Virginia,” he stated on Fox News.
West Virginia health officials recently reported a decline in drug overdose deaths, beginning in April.
Does that mean the Biden administration border policy changed for the better in April, and how?
Can we also attribute this decline to Biden?
Mr. Morrisey reported a surge of fentanyl being brought to the state in his interview during the previous “six to eight months” and predicted more death. How does he reconcile those comments with a decline in overdose deaths in the state during that time?
Why was he wrong?
Erin Beck, MPH