For Immediate Release:
August 14, 2017
Morrisey Silent as Campaign Contributor Cardinal Health Targets Local Health Clinic
Despite bipartisan condemnation, AG Patrick Morrisey remains silent in response to Cardinal Health’s targeting of Lily’s Place
Charleston, WV – Four days after Cardinal Health named Lily’s Place in court filings, Patrick Morrisey remains notable silent in condemning this attack. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported August 10 that Cardinal Health is accusing the widely-praised Huntington based non-profit as culpable in the opioid epidemic. Bipartisan rebukes, led by Senator Joe Manchin, quickly followed.
Previously described as “woefully negligent” in the state’s pill disaster, Patrick Morrisey has a long and chummy relationship with Cardinal Health, which is widely cited as a major contributor to West Virginia’s opioid epidemic.
“Patrick Morrisey’s and Cardinal Health are like two peas in a pod. His blind allegiance to the pharmaceutical industry has been well reported, but standing idly by as an out-of-state corporation attacks a local health clinic is beyond shameful. It crystal clear AG Morrisey cares more about the political backing of Cardinal Health and their contributions than the people of West Virginia,” said Belinda Biafore, Chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party.
Previously, Morrisey has represented major pharmaceutical clients generating more than $250,000 for his law firm, accepted thousand in campaign contributions from big pharma and appeared to purposely favor Cardinal Health in state contracts.