He wasn’t accused of cheating on his wife, and he wasn’t there to reveal a shocking secret from his past. But there was Jerry Brown this afternoon, sitting next to America’s favorite TV shrink, Dr. Phil.
California’s attorney general was invited, along with an unusual assortment of guests, to talk about the problem of prescription painkiller abuse. The episode follows the recent death of former child star Corey Haim.
Brown detailed a growing problem of criminals who steal doctors’ identities, fraudulently order prescription pads and then recruit homeless people to purchase Vicodin, OxyContin and other controlled drugs that they later sell.
“Criminals have figured out this is a very lucrative enterprise,” Brown said.
Brown fans and foes know that tempestuous politician isn’t afraid to go off-script whether he’s on live TV or not — remember this tiff broadcast on CNBC last year?
But today Brown was fairly contained, explaining the difficulties in obtaining convictions in prescription drug dealing cases and sharing an occasional friendly exchange with fellow guest Kelly Osbourne, the reality TV star and a recovering painkiller addict.
Nobody mentioned that Brown is a candidate for governor. But that didn’t stop state Republicans from issuing their own press release mocking Brown’s daytime TV appearance.
“It’s all part of Jerry’s ‘Midday Media Makeover’ — tomorrow, he’s asking Judge Judy for a ruling on the health care bill and then Friday, Jerry swaps cioppino recipes with Rachael Ray,” said GOP communications director Mark Standriff.
“The Dr. Phil Show” episode airs again tonight on many stations. Check your local listings.