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Yes, I know that Jeb Bush is doing poorly in the Republican primary polls at the moment. But the public is fickle and unpredictable. Plus, it is generally unwise to count out someone with the kind of money, organization, and family that he has.

I’ll have more to say on that subject in the near future, but for now, On with the Bush Show….

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I have long been fascinated with how that clan has been able to ride the wave of public indignation over “abandoning traditional values” while shilling for some of the most values-deficient practices imaginable.

So I was intrigued to learn that Jeb Bush’s campaign manager has a track record of making money from some pretty questionable clients.

Perhaps the main revelation in an article from Lee Fang of The Intercept, is that Danny Diaz (Latino … Score!) waged an aggressive battle to make sure that a core ingredient crucial to meth dealers’ deadly brew stayed in circulation: Pseudoephedrine.

Diaz’s consulting and lobbying firm, FP1 Strategies, it should be noted, was working for “legitimate” pharmaceutical companies, who of course are not in league with the manufacturers of illicit drugs. But his clients nonetheless did not wish to lose sales of any kind by having their products — Claritin-D, Allegra-D, and Zyrtec-D — revert from open shelves to behind the pharmacist’s counter. Those alarmed by the ease with which pseudoephedrine can be extracted from these products want them out of the reach of meth manufacturers.

So, the meth scourge — which has prompted a crime wave and ruined untold lives and families — is allowed to continue. And that’s in part thanks to the campaign manager for the son of the president who launched the “War on Drugs.”

Diaz has also been busy helping grocery manufacturers with the controversial business of selling genetically modified foods, which the manufacturers resolutely do not want to have labeled as such. FP1 Strategies was paid just under a million dollars for “GMO Strategic Planning” in 2014.

To be fair, many campaigns have personnel who take on the most roguish of clients — and Democrats are no exception. Still, Bush’s guy seems to have a value system reminiscent of Karl Rove, if his work on what he touts as “traditional grassroots lobbying services” using “third-party organizations” is any indication.

Fang notes that Danny Diaz’s firm may have been involved with “third party” dirty tricks of a particularly juvenile and ugly sort. In one instance, a man joined a demonstration held by worker rights advocates and unfurled a Russian flag, as if the demonstrators were somehow supporters of Putin or what he represents. The demonstrators tried unsuccessfully to get the man to stop tainting their activities. That man was later seen walking around the block with Diaz’s vice president for “communications,” who was at the time involved with anti-labor activities.

Good work, guys! Shades of Cointelpro.

Anyway, there’s just a little bit more food for thought on Jeb Bush, who may be trailing, but who sits on pots of treasure and is backed by a formidable organization and should not be written off.

Related front page panorama photo credit: DEA Pseudoephedrine Flyer (DEA PDF), K Street Sign (Erifnam / Wikimedia [CC BY-SA 3.0] )

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Dj Bungas
4 years ago

In my home state, Michigan, where there is a HUGE meth problem, the -D
drugs are under lock & key & have to be asked for. Costs have
not changed, ease of anonymity & unlimited access has.

John Mill
John Mill
4 years ago
Reply to  Dj Bungas

You have just pinched 1/2 of a comment made by Nani 2 years ago- five comments below? Are you the same person as Nani?

Anon777777
Anon777777
5 years ago

It’s just a matter of time before the Bush crime cartel kicks into high gear to put another of their fascist enablers on the throne again.
They must.

From Our Twitter Page
6 years ago

(Comment by reader ‏@MarnelMn) One small fact. The pseudophdrine is a helpful drug for allergy sufferers. Many innocent products can be abused

Nani
Nani
6 years ago

I don’t know what to make of the author’s disconcerting “(Latino…Score!)” aside.

Ben
Ben
6 years ago

It is against “family values” to want nasal decongestant sold over-the-counter, so that poor people (or for that matter any people) don’t need to jump through needless and costly hoops in order to get it? This is a crazy stretch.

Nani
Nani
6 years ago
Reply to  Ben

In my understanding, costs have not changed, so the only “hoop” customers have to go through is to actually walk a further 10 feet to the pharmacy, show i.d.and ask for it. (O.K., admittedly, in some states, now, “showing i.d.”. has now been made systematically more difficult, but…different issue…..?).

In my home state, Michigan, where there is a HUGE meth problem, the -D drugs are under lock & key & have to be asked-for. Costs have not changed, ease of anonymous & unlimited access has.

Ben
Ben
6 years ago

It is against “family values” to want nasal decongestant to be sold over-the-counter, so that poor people (or for that matter any people) don’t need to jump through hoops to get it? This is a crazy stretch.

whataworld
whataworld
6 years ago

Umm, in my local pharmacy in NYC, Claritin-D is behind the pharmacist’s counter, has been for a few years now. So maybe Danny is incompetent…?

Tim
Tim
6 years ago

Good article but Nixon started the War on Drugs.

Thomas Anthony
Thomas Anthony
6 years ago

Look all Companies LIE to protect their livelihood. VW; must sell diesels at any cost. Philip Morris must sell tobacco. Exxon must sell oil, carbon be damned…and big Pharma pushes drugs and whispers the side effects

llewellynh
llewellynh
6 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Anthony

Does a candidate then have to select a Campaign manager with that sort of background?

Laurie
Laurie
6 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Anthony

Thomas Anthony: you are a bit cynical . . . one example . . . I could cite clarifications on every company. But, companies are made up of individual human beings and they all have their “poisonous fruit” . . .

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