Around the South for Jul. 14: GA, SC & VA


Georgia: Coca-Cola helped finance Fitzgerald’s anti-fat program. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the new head of the Centers for Disease Control, promoted an anti-obesity drive partly financed by Coke that emphasized exercise and made little mention of avoiding sugary soft drinks when she was former chief health official in Georgia. “We hope Dr. Fitzgerald, as head of CDC, avoids partnering with Coke on obesity,” Jim O’Hara, director of the left-leaning Center for Science in the Public Interest, told the Washington Post ……. South Carolina: Duncan, Conway discuss Venezuela’s Citgo stock. US Rep. Jeff Duncan (R) and retired Marine general who is co-chair of Securing America’s Future Energy published a column in The Hill last week to draw attention to Venezuela’s use of nearly half of its stock in Citgo as collateral for a loan from Russia. Should Venezuela default, then Citgo’s substantial US facilities could fall into Russia’s hands. “This move has attracted very little mainstream media attention,” the two wrote ……. Virginia: Top GOPers urge Gillespie to hire Trump strategists. Concerned that Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie’s narrow primary victory spells trouble for him in November, GOP insiders from the White House and the Republican National Committee are urging him to hire some of President Trump’s consultants for the campaign. Gillespie, “whose resume reads establishment Republican,” may not be comfortable with such a move, says the Washington Post …….