Brown removes tobbaco doc

The Stockton doctor who appeared in TV ads opposing a tobbaco tax hike has been removed by Gov. Jerry Brown from a state health advisory board, Capitol Alert reports.

La Donna Porter, a doctor with San Joaquin General Hospital, generated protests outside the hospital after she appeared in ads funded by the tobbacco industry.

She had every right to do it. She had valid arguments against the tax. But the right to disagree with her includes the right to see her as a useful idiot for a genocidal industry. Or to can her from a health advisory role. 

 

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