A Washington Post article on January 28, 2010 revealed that Caroline Smith DeWaal, ’85, was a top contender for a Presidential appointment as the US Department of Agriculture’s Chief of Food Safety but was passed over – ironically due to her position as a public interest lobbyist!
According to the Post, "The administration also sought out Caroline Smith Dewaal, the director of food safety at Center for Science in the Public Interest, a lawyer and nationally known food safety expert who has spent 20 years working on policy and trade issues. But Dewaal's nomination came to a halt in August because she was a registered lobbyist, which violated the administration's policy against hiring lobbyists.”
Am I alone in finding this application of the no-lobbyist rule a TAD ironic?
Wayne, leader of the effort to get Proposition 59 on the ballot, which passed overwhelmingly in 1998, expressed concern at the prospect of overly bureaucratic regulations that might stand between doctors and patients and the possibility that the privatization of marijuana distribution could drive up prices at the expense of people with AIDS and others of limited means.