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Tester: VA nominee known as ‘the candy man’ for handing out prescriptions ‘like candy’

Posted at 7:08 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 21:08:02-04

The embattled nominee tapped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs was known as "the candy man" inside the White House, Sen. Jon Tester said Tuesday, citing reports from individuals who raised concerns about his nomination.

The Montana Democrat told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that around 20 people raised concerns to his committee about Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, and according to those people, Jackson would hand out prescriptions "like candy."

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