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Florida Pols are calling on the Senate to withhold the surgeon’s approval after the troubling Tina Polsky meeting

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Several Florida politicians took to social media over the weekend to urge the Florida Senate to withhold approval of the recently appointed surgeon general Joseph Ladapo after news broke of a troubling interaction with an immunocompromised state legislature.

As detailed by Florida Politics, Democratic Senator Tina Polsky of Boca Raton, diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in August, asked Ladapo and his staff to leave their office last week after Ladapo repeatedly declined their requests to wear a mask.

Cancer patients are at higher risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19 and may not build the same immunity to vaccines as otherwise healthy individuals, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ladapo was “very complacent” and replied “that’s fine” when Polsky told him that she had a serious illness and that she was not comfortable speaking to him without a mask. When Ladapo left, she said he said to her, “Sometimes I try to argue with unreasonable people for fun.”

Like his boss, the Republican governor. Ron DeSantis, Ladapo is outspoken against masking and vaccination requirements, and in a Sept. 16 opinion article for the Wall Street Journal writes that “an eager pursuit of wearing masks in public … had at best a modest effect on virus transmission.”

Critics say Ladapo has proven to be an unsuitable leader for a state health agency by refusing to use this “humble effect” while around someone whose life might depend on it is now being sued for a lack of transparency regarding COVID-19 information.

President of the Republican Senate Wilton Simpson by Trilby accursed Ladapo for his “disappointing” actions, adding that “it should not require a diagnosis of cancer for people to respect each other’s comfort in social interactions during a pandemic”.

“What happened in Senator Polksys’ office was unprofessional and will not be tolerated in the Senate,” he wrote in a memo on Saturday to all senators and their staff.

Simpson’s memo was a good start and a respectable gesture, Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay called Sunday on TwitterBut it’s not enough. Ladapo has proven unsuitable for the job DeSantis appointed him to, she said, and he shouldn’t get it.

“Notably, it was the Surgeon General (Ladapo meeting with) @TinaPolksy to collect their vote for his endorsement,” wrote McKinlay. “She asked if he was vaccinated. It wasn’t him. So she asked him to wear a mask. He refused. Was condescending. Would you like to show leadership? (Ladapos) Refuse confirmation. “

Democratic leader in the Senate Lauren book von Plantation shared similar views, calling Ladapo’s careless handling of his interaction with Polsky “unacceptable”.

“The surgeon general’s actions seriously challenge his ability to advise our state on public health policy (as well as his ability to simply be a decent, compassionate person),” she said wrote on Twitter.

State representative Ana Eskamani from Orlando I Agree.

“(Polsky) told him she had a serious medical problem and he didn’t care,” she wrote. “How is this guy qualified to become our chief medical officer?”

Added colleague Orlando Democrat Rep. Carlos Smith: “Completely classless. Totally unacceptable. Absolutely normal in the administration of @GovRonDeSantis. “

While Ladapo has yet to address the incident publicly, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health speaks Weesam Khoury Denied Ladapo made the comment “for fun” and said she and Ladapo were “saddened by Sen. Polsky’s recent diagnosis and wish her all the best”.

Some elected officials in Florida sided with Ladapo, such as Rep. Anthony Sabatini, a second-term Howey-in-the-Hills Republican known for his combative spirit, unwavering loyalty, and propensity to imitate the former president Donald Trump.

“Shame on Simping Senator @WiltonSimpson for standing up for the left weird @TinaPolsky against our great freedom-friendly Florida Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, take action! ” wrote Sabatini, the Speaker of the Republican House of Representatives Chris Sprowls moved to the basement of the Florida House building last month a series of angry tweets widely used with alt-right slang. “Pro tip for you Wilton: Don’t attack our governor’s agents to deceive radical leftists!”


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