Opinion

Kirschner: Ward's McCain comment is political malpractice

Posted 11/22/22

Dear Editor,

"I put a stake in the heart of the McCain Republicans." That comment should go down in the annals of political comments as one of the most profoundly stupid campaign calls in recent …

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Opinion

Kirschner: Ward's McCain comment is political malpractice

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Dear Editor,

"I put a stake in the heart of the McCain Republicans." That comment should go down in the annals of political comments as one of the most profoundly stupid campaign calls in recent history. Congratulations to Kelly Ward. You made the record book.

In 1983, I was assigned to Luke Air Force Base as Hospital Commander. I met a young congressman named John McCain. We had both served in the Vietnam War and hit it off. I did cold calls for John in his 1986 run for the Senate. I retired from the Air Force in 1985 and was appointed as AHCCCS Director in 1987. During my 7 years working for the Governor, I had many opportunities to interact with John. My respect for him only increased over the years. His vote on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was classic John and protected health care for millions of Americans. I was sad to see him pass away.

Kelly Ward may have taken Political Science 101 in college but clearly did not learn the basics of politics. To win you need the most votes. In a close race, telling part of your party to pound sand is Political Malpractice.

Len

Leonard Kirschner MD, MPH
Colonel USAF (Retired)
AHCCCS Director (1987-1993)

Dr. Leonard Kirschner is a resident of Litchfield Park. 

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