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California's Other Senator

Jon Corzine wants to help California lure biotech cloning companies away from New Jersey. Why is that exactly?

12:00 AM, Aug 27, 2004 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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Governor McGreevey may benefit from this pattern when he leaves office in November, at least according to a prominent supporter who opined that the governor could well end up in the private sector boosting stem cell research. Meanwhile, Representative James C. Greenwood (R-Penn.), who twice fought to thwart the House of Representatives from passing legislation to ban all human cloning, just accepted a salary of $600,000+ per year to be president of the industry's powerful lobbying arm, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). As president of BIO, Greenwood will oversee an annual $40 million budget to further the biotech industry's financial and political interests.

Where might all of this lead? At present, there are no federal proposals to fund human cloning research--although Ron Reagan touted the idea in his demagogic speech at the Democrat National Convention. But this respite is unlikely to last long. No doubt, especially if John Kerry is elected, Greenwood will soon start hitting up his former Hill colleagues to pay for human cloning research on the federal dime, proving, if nothing else, that try as we might to take the money out of politics, we will never take the politics out of money.

California-based Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His next book will be Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World, to be published by Encounter Books in October.