A Florida Democrat, Elizabeth McCarthy, suspended her campaign for HD 28 after some of her statements regarding the Pulse Nightclub shooting and her credentials were challenged (Fox). The Florida Democrat claimed back in March that she was a cardiologist that “personally” removed 77 bullets from the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
“I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 people … It was like an assembly line.” Elizabeth McCarthy at a gun safety event with US Rep Darren Soto in March
Rep Soto introduced her as a cardiologist and ‘hero’ who removed bullets from the Pulse nightclub victims. Not. He told the audience that she has been “advising” him on health issues. While she at one time was a registered nurse, that’s all, and her license expired in 2005.
Floridapolitics.com published a report challenging her claims. It appears her claims and credentials are, for lack of a better term, fraudulent.
Orlando Health, the parent company of Orlando Regional Medical Center, said there is no record of any doctor working there by her name, which (in full) is Catherine Elizabeth McCarthy.
She said she was working then with the Florida Heart Group of Orlando. There is a company by that name in Orlando. An official there said she had not worked there.
McCarthy drew some Florida sports cross-rivalry respect by regaling that she was a point guard on the University of Florida women’s basketball teams of 1989 and ’90, and then transferred to Florida State, where she played the point for the Seminoles in 1991-92.
However, both the UF and FSU athletic departments said they have no records of anyone by that name ever playing for the Gators or the Seminoles.
McCarthy said she received her medical degree from the University of Central Florida, class of 2014, allowing her to transition from registered nurse to a doctor…
… The Florida Department of Health confirmed that she was a licensed registered nurse until 2005 when her license expired. She then started a company called Medical Conceierge Inc., which state records show was in business from 2009 through 2014.Florida politics
The Florida Democrat party has seen the light and suspended their support until she produces documentation. Instead, she dropped out of the race for HD 28.
Featured photo: Screenshot of Elizabeth McCarthy via wkmg Orlando.