Wednesday, June 13, 2007

TB father and TB father-in-law

From the Associated Press (emphasis in red):

“Health officials trying to stop a globetrotting honeymooner with a dangerous form of tuberculosis got little assistance from his lawyer father and his future father-in-law, a TB expert who not only balked at stopping the Greek wedding but went to the ceremony himself, according to e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.”

Cooksey, the father-in-law, wasn’t as helpful as the CDC has tried to spin:

“Dr. Andrew Vernon, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention TB researcher who sees patients at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, had earlier appealed to Cooksey to help stop the planned wedding in Greece, according to a May 30 e-mail from a Fulton County physician. Cooksey did not put a halt to the plans; instead, he went to the wedding.

Both the father-in-law, and the father himself, appear to have been decidedly uncooperative with officials:

“Speaker's father, Ted Speaker, did not immediately return a message seeking comment left at his law firm. He did not provide needed information either, according to e-mails from state and Fulton County health officials.

In one e-mail, Dr. David Kim of the CDC summarized a May 22 phone conversation with Ted Speaker this way:

‘I need your assistance to reach out to (Andrew) to get him back to U.S. quickly and safely,’ Kim said he told the elder Speaker.

“‘I can't do that. I don't know where he is ... I appreciate your call.' End of call,” Kim wrote, summarizing Speaker's response.”

As Fark so trenchantly puts it, “Apparently, TB dickwad's family are dickwads”.