Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., planned to question Carmona on several of the issues that have been raised, said Jim Manley, Kennedy's spokesman.
Specifically, Manley said, Kennedy plans to ask about allegations made by Putnam and others, which were reported in Monday's Los Angeles Times, that it took Carmona eight years to win board certification in his field, general surgery, after he failed the exam twice.
Manley said Kennedy also wants to know whether Carmona was removed from administrative jobs because he couldn't get along with others.
In a letter to Kennedy, Putnam singled out an incident that Bush and other supporters have cited as a shining moment.
In 1999, Carmona spotted one driver assaulting another after a car accident and intervened. After he was shot at, Carmona fired back. As the administration tells it, he then tried to stanch the man's ultimately fatal wound. The man, who was mentally ill, turned out to have been a murder suspect who had stabbed his father to death that day.
The Times quoted a police interview with Carmona at the scene indicating that Carmona did not try to save the man after shooting him but went to his car to reload his revolver.
In his letter, Putman questioned whether such action befit a surgeon general.
"Could not a physician have recognized the behavior of a mentally ill individual and responded in kind?" he wrote.
Richard Carmona, the former U.S. surgeon general now running as a Democrat in Arizona for a Senate seat, made national headlines in 2007 when he told Congress that the Bush administration had improperly interfered in public health decisions for purely political reasons.
But behind the scenes, his former boss Cristina Beato — a onetime supporter turned bitter enemy — was painting a very different picture of Carmona for House investigators, alleging that an angry Carmona twice banged on her door and yelled at her in the middle of the night after workplace disputes.
Beato gave her testimony in secret in 2007, saying Carmona was an “extremely angry” person, a “living nightmare” to work with, had trouble working for a female supervisor and abused travel privileges by improperly billing taxpayers for some personal expenses, according to the testimony. When POLITICO contacted Beato recently, she confirmed her testimony and reiterated her accusations on the record, five years after she originally gave them to the House committee.
This guy wants to replace Sen. Jon Kyl? NO THANKS! Over the next couple of months, we will point out that Mr. Carmona is not worthy of this position. We have already spoken to many people who once worked for him 'back iin the day'. Stay Tuned...
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