Recently I wrote about the rabidly anti-gun Elizabeth McCarthy who claimed that she removed 77 bullets from 32 victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre. Nevermind that the Pulse shooting was a Muslim terror attack, she tried to use her claim as part of her campaign for a Florida state house seat and to call for more restrictions on America’s law-abiding law-abiding gun owners.
McCarthy had launched a primary challenge in a Florida House District. She served in positions with both the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus as well as the national Democratic Women’s Caucus. Clearly, she was a serious Democrat.
Soon after though, her wild claims quickly came under scrutiny. In fact, they were utterly false and days later, she quit her campaign for the Democrat nomination for a Florida House race.
Her problems didn’t end there though. Now, the State of Florida has investigated and stands poised to assess her a fine, costs and a cease-and-desist order.
From Florida Politics:
Former Democratic state House candidate Elizabeth McCarthy confessed to a state investigator that she lied about being a medical doctor and about treating victims of the 2016 Pulse massacre in Orlando.
That’s according to documents released by the Florida Department of Health on Wednesday.
The department is charging McCarthy with violating state law by lying about being a doctor, under the state’s unlicensed activity statutes.
It’s seeking to fine her $1,000, plus costs. The department also is serving her with a cease-and-desist order, prohibiting her from telling anyone else that she is a medical doctor, according to documents provided to Florida Politics following a public records request…
With costs, she is being assessed a total penalty of $3,094.95. She has 30 days to dispute the investigation’s findings and seek a hearing, if she decides to do so.
Why the fine and costs? Well, she represented herself as a medical doctor when she is not.
“I lied,” the charging affidavit quotes McCarthy as explaining, when Aponte asked her why she could not provide evidence of being a doctor.
As to her claim, recited at Soto’s events and to Florida Politics, that she had removed 77 bullets from 32 Pulse victims while working in the Orlando Regional Medical Center on June 12, 2016, she told Aponte: “It is a false statement. I just made it up.”
Telling the truth apparently comes difficult for the would-be politician.
She also represented in earlier statements to Florida Politics claiming that she earned a medical degree from the University of Central Florida. She also claimed she played college basketball for the University of Florida Gators as well as Florida State University’s Seminoles.
However, her humiliation has gone way beyond the Sunshine State. Her story has made headlines internationally. Including in the UK Daily Mail.
Ouch. That’s going to leave a mark.