I haven’t seen the ad, but since Chris Huttman dwells here, I thought he may like a chance to respond to this e-mail from State Rep. Jill Chambers:
The race in State House district 81 has taken a nasty turn. My opponent has stooped so low in his desperate attempt to win that he is attacking my deceased mother. While attacks on my record, my temperament, and my party are expected, to see my opponent send campaign mailers mentioning my late Mother is one of the most vile and despicable campaign stunts I have ever witnessed.
My Mother passed away from cancer earlier this year. It was a painful and debilitating disease. Unfortunately, Georgia law does not allow the full spectrum of treatment options that patients in other states may receive.
When my Mother had her first cancer operation, the hospital was so dirty that her incision became infected and the surgery wound had to be reopened. This procedure not only weaken my Mother’s health, it cost an additional $30,000 in treatment – all for the lack of approximately $25 in labor and materials to disinfect her room between patients. These scenarios are common in every hospital in Georgia.
In 2007, I introduced two pieces of legislation to help Georgia patients have access to the best care they could find – one bill would allow specialty cancer treatment centers to open in Georgia; the other bill would require all hospitals to publically disclose their infection rates. Both bills were opposed by the Hospital Association but supported by the doctors who operate in those facilities.
In January 2008, on her birthday, my Mother succumbed to cancer.
Now, in October 2008, my political opponent has attacked me. Why? Because I want other cancer patients in Georgia to have the option to get treatment in specialty cancer clinics and because I think hospitals must clean and sterilize their rooms between patients. Chris Huttman brought up my Mother’s illness in an attack mailer he sent to voters. He has falsely accused me of taking illegal campaign contributions because I support high quality patient care.
My hope is that Mr. Huttman and every Georgia family is spared the heartbreak and pain my family suffered due to cancer.
In the meantime, I pledge to continue to fight for patient rights and medical choice for sick people so they can get the care they need.