Gardasil maker hired his former chief of staff as a lobbyist in Austin.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s GOP rivals sharply criticized him during Wednesday night’s debate over his 2007 executive order mandating that teenage girls be vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer — a move that drew strong opposition at the time from social conservatives and was later overturned by the state Legislature.
But they failed to bring up a key part of the story that fueled the Texas controversy and which Democrats are poised to pounce on: Perry’s order came after the drug company that manufactured the vaccine hired Mike Toomey, his former chief of staff, as one of the firm’s top lobbyists in Austin.
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