Dr. Ronny Jackson, who was appointed to serve as President Barack Obama’s personal physician, has decided to run for Congress as a Republican — all after years of allegedly running a “pill mill” in the Obama White House.
“Conversations with 23 colleagues and former colleagues of Rear Admiral Jackson, most of whom are still in uniform, have raised serious concerns about Jackson’s temperament and ethics, and cast doubt on his ability to lead the second largest agency in government and one tasked with the sacred mission of fulfilling our commitment to the men and women who have served our nation in uniform and their families,” said a memo written by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) about Jackson.
That memo was written after Jackson was appointed by President Trump to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. It made national news at the time.
“Multiple individuals cited the nickname ‘Candyman’ used by WH staff because he would provide whatever prescriptions they sought without paperwork,” the memo said.
“Physicians, physician assistants, and nurses have described a pattern of handing out Ambien (to sleep) and Provigil (to wake up) without triaging patient history (no intakes, no questionnaires) on Air Force One,” it continued. “These are controlled substances that require tracking.”
Jackson allegedly prescribed the various meds, and had nurses fill the prescriptions, though sometimes, according to the memo, he would fill them himself.
“For example, missing Percocet (used for pain) tabs once threw [White House Medical Unit] into a panic,” according to the memo. “It turned out Jackson had provided a large supply to a White House Military Office (WHMO) staffer. Jackson also had private stocks of controlled substances.”
Jackson is also accused of having staffers write prescriptions and give them to “non-beneficiaries,” and allegedly did not keep track of amount of pills he was handing out. Sometimes, the memo said, he would estimate the amount of pills he prescribed after the fact, trying to create a paper trail.
Though Jackson was liberal when doling out the pills, he’s now running as a conservative.
“I was born and raised in Texas and I know the meaning of hard work and service. I’ve spent the last 24 years wearing the Uniform of our Country and fighting for the same Texas values that were instilled in me by my parents and my community,” according to Jackson’s website.
He is running for Congress in Texas’ 13th Congressional District in a 15-way primary race. The winner of the primary will replace outgoing Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) on the ballot in November.
The most heavily-endorsed candidate in the crowded primary is Chris Ekstrom, a businessman.
He has been endorsed by sitting Republican congressmen Andy Biggs (AZ), Ron Wright (TX), and Mo Brooks (AL). He has also gotten the nod from Texas State House Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-92), former Texas congressman and conservative Matthew Rinaldi, as well as the Club For Growth, among other high profile conservative groups.
“These endorsements speak for themselves — I’m the candidate who best represents North Texas’s values of fighting for life, fighting for our Christian values, and fighting to reduce the size of government,” Ekstrom previously told The Rundown News.
“That’s why I’m the choice of Texas’ conservatives.”
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