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Dem Lied, Said She Was ER Doc in Pulse Shooting

C. Elizabeth McCarthy drops out of Florida House race after it's revealed that she's not even a doctor
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2019 8:37 AM CDT
Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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(Newser) – C. Elizabeth McCarthy wanted to win a Florida House seat, and she was willing to tell voters a whopper to do so. As the Orlando Sentinel reports, McCarthy said at various campaign events for House District 28 that she was a medical doctor working the Orlando Regional Medical Center ER when the Pulse nightclub shooting happened three years ago; she said she had removed 77 bullets from 32 victims in a frantic circumstances that felt "like an assembly line." She even added detail, saying the toughest part was "wheeling a body into the morgue and hearing the cell phones ring of the people that passed." The slight problem: McCarthy isn't a doctor, wasn't in the emergency room that night, ORMC has never heard of her, and she's never held a medical license in the state.

"It is a false statement. I just made it up," McCarthy told Department of Health investigators, adding that she'd been passing herself off as a physician since 2014 with an eye on winning public office that way. "I’m sorry that I gave any impersonation. I knew it was wrong, and I should have stopped. By no means did I ever mean to put anybody in jeopardy." The Democratic Party has yanked its support of McCarthy's candidacy, and the Sentinel notes that she plans to drop out. (Read more Florida stories.)

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