(From NBC News)
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned Wednesday following a report that she purchased shares in a tobacco company.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald tendered her resignation following a Politico report that she “bought shares in a tobacco company one month into the leadership of the agency.”
“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,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. “Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.”