The Weekly Fix: Trust Me, I’m a Doctor…Sort Of

The fix is in. A Democrat congressional candidate in Arizona was exposed by a local news outlet for misrepresenting herself as a practicing emergency room doctor in her debut campaign video. Hiral Tipirneni is no longer certified in emergency medicine and has not actually practiced medicine since she was served with a malpractice lawsuit in 2007.

Tipirneni is running in a special election to replace Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08), who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual harassment. She is hoping to upset Republican challenger Debbie Lesko in a strong GOP-leaning district.

According to the Free Beacon, Tipirneni “failed to give a patient a tetanus immunization for a leg wound and the patient ended up in a coma.” She eventually reached a settlement agreement and was not disciplined by the Arizona Medical Board. The former physician claims the lawsuit was completely unrelated to her leaving the medical practice a few short months later.

Tipirneni still insists that she made no mistake, telling ABC 15 News, "Although you feel very bad for any bad outcome and consequences a patient deals with, not every bad outcome is because of a mistake or bad medicine."

The progressive candidate hasn’t been active in the medical field for more than a decade. Yet, she fails to see how the video portraying her in scrubs, holding a clipboard, and interacting with patients in hospital gowns could be misleading to Arizona voters.

In the campaign video, Tipirneni tells voters:

“In my profession, trust is earned every single day… If you think Congress is any different, you’re wrong.”

If Hiral Tipirneni truly believes that, she is not off to a very good start.

It’s time to take a stand. The American people aren’t being heard by their representatives because the game is rigged. Government isn’t broken. It’s “fixed.”