(Julie Chen-Hereford) – I’ve come to expect the mudslinging to come out in political races – every year it seems to get worse but never did I expect to see such a heinous attack as I saw today. A big public employee labor union is attacking a good man – and what’s worse, they outright lied about him.
As an American I am appalled that television stations would allow such fabrication to even air and as a woman I simply will not stand for this shameless attack on Dr. Joe Heck – a man who gives his all every day, who puts the needs of his patients, his community and his country first.
Joe Heck has been an American Hero on the battlefields of Iraq and I can tell you that he is a hero to every patient he sees in the Emergency Room at UMC. He is smart, efficient and dedicated to good.
This week, AFSCME spent hundreds of thousands of dollars with a single goal in mind – to tarnish the reputation of a good man by spreading lies. AFSCME leadership and most importantly its members should be ashamed. Worse, they try to pass it off as a public service message to women – as if Nevada women aren’t smart enough to do their own homework.
I know Joe Heck, and I know the truth.
In 2005, Dr. Joe Heck voted against an unfunded mandate that would have forced insurance companies to cover a vaccine that had been approved by the FDA for less than a year. As a well-respected physician, Joe Heck knew the side effects that were already being documented. He understood that not only was this a new procedure without enough clinical trials to be counted on, he also understood that it was an unfunded mandate that would increase the cost of healthcare in Nevada. Dr. Heck took an oath to protect and he could not, in good faith, recommend a drug for all women that he was not completely confident in.
Since FDA approval, more than 15,000 girls and young women have reported adverse side effects to this drug, with roughly 49 unexplained deaths documented. Those statistics are easy to gloss over – but what if one of those statistics was your daughter?
Joe Heck is a strong believer in the patient-doctor relationship and that medical decisions should be made thoughtfully with proper information and the consultation of quality medical professionals. New vaccines provide great opportunity, but they come with risks that are unique to individuals – a one size fits all approach to healthcare won’t work and a one size fits all approach to vaccinations would be a similar mistake.
Big Labor Unions don’t care about your community or the wake of destruction that they leave behind when engaging in such nasty smear campaigns, but Dina Titus should care. While I may not agree with her politics I’ve never thought she would allow such irresponsible lies to represent her and I sincerely hope that she calls on her friends at AFSCME to remove this ad with such blatant lies.
I don’t know many more committed people than Joe Heck – and any statement that he is anything but an honest, sincere, top-notch doctor is simply false…as is any statement that claims he is for privatization of social security. Joe’s position is well documented, it just isn’t easily attacked because it is a commonsense policy shared by many Nevadans.
Joe Heck is a husband, a father of 2 daughters and a son. He is also a personal friend of mine and I cannot and will not sit back while he is mischaracterized as some sort of anti-woman villain.
The big labor union may not believe that women can think for themselves, but I know better. Their insulting attacks are shallow and filled with lies and I know that the women of Nevada are too smart, too successful, too strong to be reduced to single issues or a Washington DC created stereotype.
I’m standing up for what is right and calling on AFSCME to pull down this shameful ad immediately and apologize to every woman in Nevada for their lies and deceit as well as an unbelievable disregard for the intelligence of Nevada women.
Will Dina Titus have the courage to join me?