Dr. Scott Gottlieb — commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and a strong critic of e-cigarettes and vaping — has resigned. A Westport resident with a background as a health policy analyst, he was appointed to the post 2 years ago by President Trump.
According to the New York Times, his wife and 3 children still live here. The paper said he was “weary of the commute and missed his family.”
However, the paper added, “he has also been subject to increasing pressure from Republicans in Congress and his former associates in the conservative movement for his tough stance against youth vaping and traditional cigarettes.”
The Washington Post noted, “While Gottlieb had some policy disagreements with the White House, he is well respected, and could be invited back to another post, two officials said….
“The move came as a surprise to some FDA officials because he has recently hired senior staff and was aggressively pushing a host of new initiatives.”
Gottlieb was the highest-ranking Westporter in Washington, following the resignation and subsequent move of FBI director James Comey.
When he was nominated to head the FDA, Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s profile page proudly displayed a photo of Westport.
Yesterday, James Comey joined 800 million other Instagram users.
Perhaps it was a coincidence — he may have finally gotten around to unpacking all those boxes, following the sale of his Greens Farms home and being fired as FBI director — but his first-ever post got a lot more attention than most people’s cats or restaurant meals.
Shortly after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to (whoa!) the FBI, Comey — who snagged the pretty-obvious-but-apparently-untaken username “Comey” — posted a just-subtle-enough biblical verse: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
He illustrated it with a lovely photo of an ever-flowing stream.
It quickly racked up over 21,000 likes.
However, it was his 2nd — and so far, final — photo that makes this an “06880”-worthy story.
Two hours ago, Comey posted this shot:
It’s a scene every Westporter is familiar with — and loves.
So does Comey. His caption: “Beautiful Long Island Sound from Westport, CT. To paraphrase the Buddha — Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon; and the truth.”
It’s already gotten over 8,000 likes.
Many of his Instagram followers agree with his message.
But whatever your politics, “06880” readers agree: This “Comey” guy knows a beautiful sunset when he sees one.
For nearly a year, James Comey has been in the headlines. First, the FBI director upended the presidential election. Now the former director may upend the president.
Before all that, Comey lived inWestport. Residents knew him as a neighbor, and a Greens Farms Academy parent.
One Westporter knew him long before that. Jack Menz thinks very highly of a man who may determine the course of American history. In fact, he already has. He writes:
I met Jim Comey 32 years ago. We were law clerks in the federal courts in New York’s Foley Square. My $26,381 salary was stretched thin because I was supporting my young child.
Money was tight for Jim too, but he convinced his friends to let me be a free rider at a group beach house in Spring Lake, New Jersey on the weekends I wasn’t with my daughter.
James Comey, Class of 1978 at Northern Highlands High School in New Jersey.
We played basketball at area courts on most Saturday and Sunday mornings. Jim could take an elbow or a hard screen without complaint, but later made that opponent pay with a nifty inside move that allowed us to stay on the court for another game in the absolute meritocracy of playground basketball.
Okay, it’s just basketball. But Jim earned another game on the court playing fair and square with skill, tenacity and drive.
Life off the court was no different. Jim flourished in his career – first at the United States Attorney’s Office in New York, then later at the Department of Justice by taking on the toughest cases, working long hours, and, with skillful trial advocacy, gaining the convictions of criminals. Jim didn’t inherit his place in the world – he earned it.
Living in Westport, I’m sure many “06880” readers have experienced the acquaintance who looks over their shoulder during a function or party to see who may be more notable in the room.
Not Jim. He looks you in the eye and speaks to you. You are the most important person in the room.
Many law clerks in the Southern District knew the judges at Foley Square. How many knew the janitors and the elevator operators by name? Jim did. And they all knew him. Maybe that was because he’s 6-8. I think it was because his character was and remains 10 feet tall.
A fair bit has been written about Jim’s time at Bridgewater Associates – the large hedge fund located in Westport. What hasn’t been written is that Jim and his family believe that Jim’s work at Bridgewater was the least impressive thing that was accomplished during their time here.
Jim Comey and his family. (Photo/Facebook)
Jim’s wife Patrice took on the profoundly selfless duty of caring for an infant whose mother, because of drug addiction or other serious problems, was incapable of caring for her newborn.
Patrice couldn’t take on that task alone, because it impacted the whole household. It meant a baby’s cries at any hour, dinners at home, and feedings and lack of sleep at night. All was fine with Jim, Patrice and their wonderful children – because they gave a child in need a chance to thrive.
Jim has spent a good part of his life in the halls of power, but Jim and Patrice have never sought to cater to the rich and powerful. They’ve spent their lives fighting injustice, righting wrongs and making life better for those in need.
The Comeys’ former Westport home. They sold it in January. (Photo/MLS)
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It had to be the biggest graduation address ever in Westport — and not just because the speaker is 6-8.
FBI director James Comey keynoted Greens Farms Academy’s 90th commencement yesterday — and not just because he lives around the corner.
Comey — whose previous jobs include deputy attorney general, US attorney and general counsel at Bridgewater Associates — is the father of graduating senior (and student council chair) Claire Comey. Two of his 5 other children also attended GFA.
After noting that a drone flying overhead was not the FBI’s, Comey discussed 4 keys to success: high emotional intelligence; effective communication; the courage to ask questions, and care for one’s reputation.
Want to hear more of what an FBI director says to 78 teenagers? Click below.
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FBI director James Comey lives at one of the most elite addresses in Westport — a very white suburb to begin with.
But speaking yesterday at Georgetown University, he addressed race relations in stark terms.
The Washington Postdescribed Comey as a “Teller of Hard Truths,” who called the nation “at a crossroads.” The Post quoted him:
As a society, we can choose to live our everyday lives, raising our families and going to work, hoping someone, somewhere, will do something to ease the tension — to smooth over the conflict. We can turn up the music on the car radio and drive around these problems. Or we can choose to have an open and honest discussion about what our relationship is today — what it should be, what it could be, and what it needs to be — if we took more time to better understand one another.
The Post added, “Comey laid out a number of hard truths on race — a rare move for such a high-profile white law enforcement official, or even a law-enforcement official, period.”
FBI director — and Westport resident — James Comey.
The New York Times said that the “unusually candid” speech was “well received by law enforcement officials.” The Times continued:
Citing the song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” from the Broadway show “Avenue Q,” he said police officers of all races viewed black and white men differently. (Comey added) that some officers scrutinize African-Americans more closely using a mental shortcut that “becomes almost irresistible and maybe even rational by some lights” because black men are arrested at much higher rates than white men.
Click here to read Comey’s entire, groundbreaking speech. Or watch it below:
As US attorney for the Southern District of New York, he helped send then-Westporter Martha Stewart to the Big House.
But — although both the Southern District and FBI were involved — he had nothing to do with the arrest and conviction of Rajat Gupta. That’s the former businessman/philanthropist convicted in June 2012 on insider trading charges. He lives in another big house on Beachside Avenue — around the corner from Comey.
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