Why is Jeff Flake stooping so low?by David Pinar on Oct. 17, 2012, under Pol. & Govt.
Why is Jeff Flake stooping so low? Richard Carmona has an amazing life story – born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, he experienced homelessness as a child as his parents struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse. Facing such a bleak future, Rich dropped out of school and enlisted the army and was promptly shipped of to Vietnam. He applied for Special Forces and become a combat medic, all while earning his high school equivalency degree at the same time. Rich left the Army a combat-decorated veteran, with two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, a combat medical badge and numerous other decorations to mark his service. When he came home he went on to become the first one in his family to earn a college degree, and then continued on and earned a medical degree – receiving the prestigious gold-headed cane as the school’s top graduate. He and his family became southern Arizonans when was recruited jointly by the Tucson Medical Center and the University of Arizona to start and direct Southern Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. While continuing his medical career he joined the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in which he has served for more than 25 years as a deputy sheriff, detective, department surgeon and SWAT Team Leader. In 2002 he was nominated by President Gearge W. Bush to be the nation’s 17th Surgeon General of the United States. He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. But Jeff Flake would like you to forget all that, and think only of this:
Notice the caption at the beginning of the ad? Dr. Cristina V. Beato, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, 2003-2005. Not “Assistant Secretary for Health”, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health – “acting”, because while Bush nominated her for the office she was so controversial she could never win confirmation from the US Senate, even when Republicans controlled the Senate. Her nomination was derailed in 2004 after accusations surfaced that she had padded her résumé. She claimed all that was just a little “misunderstanding” and “clerical errors”. A Cuban-American, Dr. Beato was a very right wing Republican and highly partisan. In July 2007 Dr. Carmona testified before Congress that top Bush administration officials had interfered with his public health mission for political reasons. Out of loyalty he refused to name names, but speculation quickly focused on Dr. Cristina V. Beato. In a NY Times article shortly after Dr. Carmona’s testimony before Congress, Dr. Philip R. Lee, a former government health official said “Dr. Beato was more ideological and more right-wing, less objective and more political than Dr. Carmona“. Dr. Lee said Dr. Carmona frequently consulted him “when he was particularly frustrated” as surgeon general, adding: “Rich is a straight shooter, but he was naïve about the ways of Washington“. Frustrated – not “angry”. It was after Dr. Carmona’s testimony before Congress and attention focused on Dr. Beato as the one had interfered with the Surgeon General’s public health mission that she testified and made those claims years after she claimed they happened. She claims now that she “feared for her life and that of her children”, but never told anyone about that until years later? Her claims against Dr. Carmona were rejected by Congress because she couldn’t produce one shred of evidence. She couldn’t produce a single friend, family member, colleague – ANYONE who could testify that Beato had complained to them about Dr. Carmona’s behavior. It was retribution for Dr. Carmona’s testimony, plain and simple. She lied.
Here’s what another woman who worked with Dr. Carmona has to say about him:
Yes, Congressman Flak should be ashamed. Why is Jeff Flake stooping so low? Flake worked in Washington as a lobbyist for years before being elected to Congress. He’s now been in Congress for a dozen years, and is now asking voters for another six year job in Washington. I guess when you’re a career politician and that career is on the line you’ll do and say just about anything for another free ticket back to Washington.
Senator Richard Carmona – an Independent voice for all Arizonans.