Election-year campaigns tend to get pretty nasty when it comes to personal attacks, but when candidates and/or the organizations who’ve endorsed or support a candidate attack their opponents on their behalf using their past or present health issues, most sober minded people would agree is a tactic that is beyond the pale and downright shameful. A couple of days ago, Karin Hoffman from the DC Works for Us, an activist group based in Broward County, posted a very questionable statement on the Facebook wall of Robert Lowry, who is running for Congress in FL CD 20. Lowry himself has been in the news as of late with a pleathora of missteps and gaffes of his own. (Read more on Lowry here: FEC violations, Herpes, lawsuit and DWS shooting)
Here is what Hoffman posted on Lowry’s Facebook wall:
Being a cancer survivor does not bolster your resume. Does not make you a fighter. There are many dear friends and family I know who lost the battle to cancer who were tremendous fighters, as well. Cancer is no respecter of persons. The fact that Debbie or Karen would use this is their resume as to who they are diminishes all those who lost the battle.
Using her logic, no person, noteworthy, successful, or otherwise, could ever mention the fact that they are a cancer survivor in their biography. Lance Armstrong, by constantly referring to himself as a cancer survivor, is somehow diminishing everyone else who lost the battle to cancer, even as he heightens public awareness of cancer’s persistence and the need for additional research of this deadly disease. Cancer survivors should call attention to that fact they are survivors, to give other people hope, to raise awareness, and to encourage people to donate to find a cure. Should Karin Hoffman apologize for her comments? What say you? Take our poll below.