Did Drug Officials Boost GOP Reps?
White House arranged appearances to prop up weak candidates, Dems charge
By Ben Worthen,  Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2007 5:16 PM CDT
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., right, and Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., left, take part in markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, April 25,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Public appearances by top guns in the Office of National Drug Control Policy may have been used to support vulnerable GOP Congressman in the run-up to the '06 elections, a Democratic lawmaker charged yesterday. Henry Waxman, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said it was part of a larger White House scheme to politicize federal agencies.

The new accusations come on the heels of testimony by the former US Surgeon General that the White House would not let him speak out on certain health issues, and the controversy surrounding the firing of nine US attorneys in the Attorney General's office. Waxman said the political penetration of federal agencies may be "more widespread than previously known."