Creigh Deeds has stooped to another low this week, the false negative ads were not enough, now his campaign has put out another false ad saying Bob McDonnell is against women getting mammograms, a new low for the sinking Deeds campaign.
From Bob McDonnell’s website:
Breast Cancer Survivors Respond to Latest Deeds’ Attack Ad
Betsy Beamer: “It wasn’t anger I felt when I heard this ad. It was just a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Women who hear this ad won’t have the opportunity to find out the truth about this false claim. Mr. Deeds’ has taken his attacks too far.”
Stephanie Hamlett: “Like every other breast cancer survivor I live with the daily fear of recurrence. This ad intentionally exploits those fears. It offends me as a woman, it offends me as a breast cancer survivor, and it offends me as a Virginian. I know Creigh badly wants to be governor, but does he really want to try to win like this?”
RICHMOND- In a powerful conference call this afternoon, breast cancer survivors responded to the latest in a long line of false attack ads unleashed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.
In a radio spot released Thursday afternoon, featuring actresses portraying two sisters having a conversation, the Deeds campaign includes the following false and incendiary lines:
Sister 2: Pretty good! Health care includes mammograms, cancer screenings…and the salary is what men at my level make.
Sister 1: So basically nothing Bob McDonnell supports?
(McDonnell)…was willing to let employers drop mammograms and cancer screenings from their health care plans.”
In the “fact” sheet released with the ad, the Deeds campaign tries to justify this over the top attack with only a note that , as Attorney General, McDonnell did not sign onto a routine National Association of Attorneys General form letter in April 2006 “in opposition to proposed federal legislation supported by President George W. Bush to allow businesses to provide health insurance that does not include coverage for state mandates, such as coverage in Virginia for cancer screenings, including mammograms, and immunizations.” The legislation died on failure to invoke cloture in the United States Senate. The 3-page letter contained the word “mammogram” only once.
On today’s call Betsy Beamer, former Secretary of the Commonwealth and a recent breast cancer survivor, and Stephanie Hamlett, a breast cancer survivor who underwent preventive surgery while working with Bob McDonnell, both expressed their deep disappointment with Deeds’ latest scare tactic.
Beamer noted, “I am a breast cancer survivor. I know firsthand how serious this disease is and I know firsthand how important a mammogram is. It saved my life. Many other Virginia women have not been as blessed as I have been. Every woman lives with the fear of being diagnosed with this disease. To launch this attack on Bob and in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and based on a simple matter of not signing on to a national form letter is beyond the pale. I’ve been around Virginia politics for a long time. While candidates and parties can disagree on issues, we shouldn’t disagree on simple decency and civility. There are certain lines a candidate, no matter how desperate, should never cross. This is one of them. It wasn’t anger I felt when I heard this ad. It was just a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Women who hear this ad won’t have the opportunity to find out the truth about this false claim. Mr. Deeds’ has taken his attacks too far.”
Hamlett remarked, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, and again in 2003. In 2006, while serving with Bob McDonnell, I had surgery to reduce my risk of recurrence and to reduce my risk of ovarian cancer, a risk that is elevated because of having breast cancer before age 40. As I went through surgery and recovery Bob was always there for me. When I heard this latest attack I immediately sought the opportunity to respond. Unlike the political operatives who made this false and negative ad, I actually know Bob McDonnell. I know who he is, as a person. Like every other breast cancer survivor I live with the daily fear of recurrence. This ad intentionally exploits those fears. It offends me as a woman, it offends me as a breast cancer survivor, and it offends me as a Virginian. I know Creigh badly wants to be governor, but does he really want to try to win like this?”
The Facts about the Sign-On Letter
The National Association of Attorneys General sign-on letter in question was sent up to the office of Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims on Friday April 21st, 2006. The deadline to sign on was Monday April 24th.
Over the weekend Bob McDonnell was in Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, and the Valley participating in events for National Crime Victims Week, taking part in other official business for the Office of the Attorney General, and spending some time with family.
On the 24th McDonnell was in Richmond, joining Governor Tim Kaine for the official bill signing of McDonnell’s historic sexual predator legislation. This legislation gave Virginia some of the nation’s toughest laws combating sexual predators.
Due to his travel schedule, personal obligations and the carrying out of official business, McDonnell was never presented with the letter and office recommendation for his review, and the deadline passed for signing on to the national form letter.
Bob McDonnell: Working Together With Virginia Leaders to Help Fight Breast Cancer
In 2001 Bob McDonnell served as co-patron of a measure to ensure that eligible Virginia women receive breast and cervical cancer care as part of their state-provided healthcare coverage.
HB 2828 (2001)
Requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance a provision for payment of medical assistance, pursuant to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-354), for certain women with breast or cervical cancer when such women (i) have been screened for breast or cervical cancer under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program established under Title XV of the Public Health Service Act; (ii) need treatment for breast or cervical cancer, including treatment for a precancerous condition of the breast or cervix; (iii) are not otherwise covered under creditable coverage, as defined in § 2701 (c) of the Public Health Service Act; (iv) are not otherwise eligible for medical assistance services under any mandatory categorically needy eligibility group; and (v) have not attained age 65. Presumptive eligibility for payment of medical assistance for treatment of breast or cervical cancer treatment on behalf of such women is required as authorized in federal law. A woman will be deemed to have been screened under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program if all or part of the costs of her screening services have been paid for with CDC Title XV funds or, although her screening services were not paid for by CDC Title XV funds, she has received her screening from a provider or entity that is at least partially funded by CDC Title XV funds or her screening was performed by any provider or entity deemed by the Virginia CDC Title XV grantee as a partner in the state’s CDC Title XV activities.
In 2000, McDonnell served as co-patron of legislation authorizing “Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation” license plates, with $15 from each plate purchased, after the initial 1000, going to the Foundation for the purpose of funding statewide breast cancer educational programs.
Authorizes the issuance of special license plates bearing the legend: Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. The annual fee for such plates shall be $25 in addition to the prescribed fee for state license plates. For each such $25 fee collected in excess of 1,000 registrations, $15 shall be paid into the state treasury and distributed annually to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and used to support statewide breast cancer educational programs.
In 1996 McDonnell voted for legislation in Committee (Health, Welfare and Institutions) and on the House Floor to require commercial health insurance companies, HMO’s and corporations to provide coverage for mammograms.
SB 431 (1996)
Accident and sickness insurance; coverage for mammograms. Requires commercial health insurance companies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and corporations providing accident and sickness subscription contracts to provide coverage within their insurance policies, health care plans and subscription contracts for mammograms. Insurers, HMOs and corporations are currently required to offer the coverage, but the coverage may be declined by the purchasers. The bill’s provisions are applicable to all group and individual policies, plans and contracts delivered, issued for delivery or renewed on and after January 1, 1997.
More coverage of this can be found at the Bearing Drift.