A former Democratic candidate for State House in the state of Florida is being fined over $3,000 by the Department of Health for claiming she was a doctor who operated on dozens of victims of the Islamic terrorist attack Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida during the summer of 2016.
Elizabeth McCarthy claimed she was a first responder serving during the night of the terrorist attack, removing 77 bullets from 32 people.
Throughout the campaign, she attended events with U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, including one at Valencia Community College in Orlando. At a town hall in St. Cloud, Soto introduced her as as “a cardiologist with Orlando Health Regional Hospital, a longtime adviser on health care for him, and a doctor who showed her mettle and heroism after the Pulse nightclub shooting,” according to the health department report.
“It was like an assembly line,” McCarthy said at that event. “That night, because I’m gay, it struck me even harder because these were my people.”
Florida Democrat Congressman Darren Soto, who had several connections to McCarthy through his staff, said that he has updated his internal “protocols” to make sure that he and his staff were not duped again in the future.
“She was a longtime friend of several staff members. She had been presented by them and by several local Democratic and LGBT organizations as being a doctor. We have updated our internal protocols to require proof of licensure by any professional who may potentially work with our office,” said Soto.
McCarthy had defended herself up until her admission to health officials, once saying, “Whoever is saying these things, their credibility will fall once the truth comes out.”
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