RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia Secretary of Health Bill Hazel was skeptical of Jonnie Williams and the "unique" treatment he received from the Governor and First Lady. Hazel testified today that the Health Department called Williams "The Tic Tac Man" because he left pills of his product Antabloc for employees to try.
Dr. Hazel said he didn't report receiving bottles of Antabloc as a gifts because he didn't believe they had any value and "won't even put the stuff in my mouth!"
As for Williams and Maureen McDonnell's idea to have Antabloc tested by state employees, Hazel said, "I would not want to subject our people to this." He said he told Jonnie he could not help get his product tested and that he should go about trying to do that a different way.
Hazel said he had no knowledge of the McDonnells accepting loans and gifts from Williams.
"To say I was skeptical was an understatement," said Hazel.
In planning a February 2012 event for healthcare leaders at the governor's mansion, Hazel said he was angry when Maureen McDonnell added 25 people's names to the guest list- names that were given to her by Williams. Hazel said he didn't consider the added guests healthcare leaders.
Asked about the apparent special treatment Williams received from the McDonnells, Hazel replied, "I can't recall there was every a situation quite like this one...I don't think there was the involvement, the repeated contacts."