Recently unveiled evidence suggests that a Democrat candidate for the Florida House of Representatives may have lied when she claimed three months ago that, following the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016, she’d “personally removed 77 bullets from 32 people.”
And wouldn’t you know it, only days after this evidence was unveiled by a sleuth of local investigators, that candidate, registered nurse Elizabeth McCarthy, withdrew from the race.
CONFIRMED: Elizabeth McCarthy is withdrawing from the race for state House – District 28 after ORMC and FDOH say she was never a doctor and didn’t work at ORMC the morning of the Pulse shooting, as she had publicly claimed. #fox35 pic.twitter.com/67Rk5jXUlS
— Lara Greenberg (@LaraGreenbergTV) June 28, 2019
Flashback to late March, when, during a town hall event about gun violence, she was introduced to the crowd as a cardiologist at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
As she took the mic, McCarthy then recounted having treated 32 victims after an Islamic terrorist opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
“It’s an honor to be in the medical field,” she said. “I love what I do. I love helping people and giving better options to people — that’s the best way I can say it.”
“It’s probably one of the hardest things of my career to work through,” she continued. “I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 victims … It was like an assembly line.”
But according to investigators with FloridaPolitics.com, it was all a lie.
“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,” the outlet reported on June 15.
“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.”
And that’s just the beginning of her alleged lies.
Though she claimed to have graduated with a medical degree from the University of Central Florida in 2014, officials with the university were reportedly unable to locate any records of a degree. And though she said she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, officials there were reportedly likewise unable to find any corresponding records.
She reportedly even lied about her athletic experience.
“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,” FloridaPolitics.com reported.
“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.”
It’s like she made up her entire life story. To be clear, these allegations by FloridaPolitics.com have been confirmed by a slew of other more recognizable local news outlets, including but not limited to station WKMG, station WESH and the Orlando Sentinel.
Orlando Health and Florida Department of Health records poke holes in Florida House District 28 candidate Elizabeth McCarthy’s account. https://t.co/zuefGgqcVu
— News 6 WKMG (@news6wkmg) June 26, 2019
The only thing that checked out was McCarthy’s claim to have once been a registered nurse. The Florida Department of Health reportedly confirmed that she was an RN til 2005, at which point her license expired. There is however no record of her ever being a doctor.
“It does not look like she was ever a licensed doctor, but she does have a background in health care,” Florida Department of Health spokesman Brad Dalton said to FloridaPolitics.com.
Perhaps the most amazing part of this story is that McCarthy appears to still be lying.
“McCarthy told Florida Politics she is ending her campaign after being confronted with these discrepancies, but in a Facebook post McCarthy vowed to ‘move forward’ and continue with the campaign,” WKMG reported on Wednesday.
Two days later on Friday, she dropped out of the race but attributed her withdrawal to “professional obligations” and needing a paycheck.
“After thoughtful contemplation, due to professional obligations, I am withdrawing as a Democratic candidate seeking the nomination and election in Florida House District 28,” she wrote in both an email to FloridaPolitics.com and a press release reportedly posted to Facebook.
“These considerations have made it impossible for me to continue forward as a candidate, giving the campaign the attention it deserves, while also being able to provide the attention my work requires.”
In her email to FloridaPolitics.com, she added, “While this was a difficult decision to let a dream go, I need a paycheck. I wish both Lee Mangold and Rep. David Smith the best in their campaign.”
This line was not included in her Facebook post. Hmm.
What McCarthy neglected to mention in her statements were the allegations against her, not to mention the fact that the Seminole County Democrat Party has dropped her like a hot potato.
The party’s chairperson, Brittany Nethers, confirmed with WESH that support for her was rescinded after she refused to provide any evidence to back up her claims.
“We asked for any type of transcripts, diplomas, any kind of medical licenses that she could provide,” she said.
But McCarthy declined, claiming there was no need. Mmm hmm.
“It’s pretty frustrating that these allegations are coming out and she’s not defending herself with any type of proof,” Nethers added.
The fact is that there’s likely no proof and McCarthy’s entire life story is indeed a giant lie.
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