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Gary Alexander adviser touts benefits of semen

January 18, 2012

It’s been about a month since we checked in with Gary Alexander, RI’s former director of the Department of Human Services and the former secretary for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services.  He’s currently the Secretary of Public Welfare for the state of Pennsylvania.

You might know him for his plans to become a Rhode Island landlord.

Then there was the discredited report he wrote, claiming Rhode Island’s Global Medicaid waiver saved the state $110 million dollars in 18 months.  It actually saved about $23 million over three years.

Here’s a new tidbit. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, an employee  hired by Alexander is resigning after details emerged about his second job editing a “conservative faith-based journal.” He also wrote articles for the publication-

For instance, he wrote about research that he said showed that if women wanted to find “Mr. Right,” they should shun birth control pills; and if they wanted to improve their mood, they should not insist that their men wear condoms lest they miss out on beneficial chemicals found in semen.

Robert Patterson, the former welfare adviser, is still listed as the editor of the Family in America publication, which describes itself as a monthly periodical that-

…seeks to clarify the importance of the family in binding generation to generation, inspiring love and intimacy in the home, and fostering industry and lawfulness within the broader community.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Patterson wrote about the “misguided” polices of the war on poverty and blamed them for keeping women away from their appropriate roles as stay at home mothers. All the while, he worked for the government department administering those exact programs.

How much did Gary Alexander know about his employee’s other life? The Philadelphia Inquirer didn’t get much of a response from a spokeswoman.

She would not say why Welfare Secretary Alexander had hired him, whether Alexander was familiar with his writings, or whether he agreed with Patterson’s oft-expressed view that many social welfare programs have worsened the lot of the poor by promoting single motherhood and displacing marriage as a way out of poverty.

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