CDC director resigns after report she bought shares of tobacco company
WASHINGTON - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Brenda Fitzgerald has resigned due to investment issues.
According to ABC 15, the news comes after a report that Fitzgerald bought shares in a tobacco company one month after taking over an agency tasked with working to stop people from smoking.
"Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director," a HHS statement said. "Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period."