Florida Democratic Legislative Candidate Exits Race After Report, Doubts The Claim That She Has personally Removed 77 Bullets & # 39; of 32 victims of the nightclub pulses in Pulse
- Elizabeth McCarthy, 50, withdrew from the Florida House race on Friday
- She came under surveillance for comments about Pulse night club shooting in 2016
- Claimed to have personally removed & # 39; 77 bullets from 32 people & # 39;
- Said she was a cardiologist, but government papers don't mention her as an accredited doctor
- Orlando Regional Medical Center said they had none of her work there
Elizabeth McCarthy, 50, withdrew from the race to House District 28 on Friday
A democrat running to Florida & # 39; s State House withdrew from the race after questioning her claim that she had questioned the victims of the Pulse nightclub.
Elizabeth McCarthy, 50, withdrew from the race to House District 28 on Friday, two weeks after her claims and credentials were questioned by the local watchdog news site. Florida Politics.
& # 39; I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 people … It was like a conveyor belt & # 39 ;, McCarthy had claimed earlier this year at a gun control panel that she was working as a cardiologist at the Orlando Regional Medical Center at night of the Pulse massacre in 2016. where 49 were killed and another 53 were injured.
The only problem: the hospital said it had no report of its work there, and the health ministry did not state that McCarthy is a licensed physician.
Yes, I am a doctor, & McCarthy insisted when they were approached with the apparent contradictions. & # 39; Yes, I worked the night of Pulse. & # 39;
An aerial view of the mass shooting scene at Ballons Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016
Florida Politics also contacted the University of Central Florida, where McCarthy said she received her medical degree in 2014 after years of working as a nurse, and the state of Florida, where she said she received her undergraduate degree.
No school ever had a testimony that she received a diploma.
The officials from the University of Florida and Florida have also stated contradiction with her claim that they have played basketball for both their teams and as an undergraduate.
The report said officials confirmed that she was a registered nurse until 2005, and that she later started a medical company that was in operation until 2014.
When the revelations came forward, McCarthy first said she would resign and then promised to stay in the race to challenge sitting Republican David Smith.
McCarthy (center) is seen in memory of the victims of the Pulse shooting. She was the legislative director of the LGBTA Caucus of the Florida Democratic Party
On Friday, she sent a statement to Florida Politics announcing her intention to withdraw from the race.
& # 39; After thoughtful contemplation, due to professional obligations, I retire as a democratic candidate seeking nomination and election in Florida House District 28, & # 39; McCarthy wrote.
& # 39; These considerations have made it impossible for me as a candidate to continue, to give the campaign the attention it deserves, and at the same time to be able to give the attention that my work requires. & # 39;
Prior to turning, McCarthy served as the legislative director for the LGBTA Caucus of the Florida Democratic Party.
The shooter in the Pulse nightclub, who swore allegiance to ISIS, was killed by the police on the spot.
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