Claim That Carmona Had People Pick Up Dry Cleaning On Taxpayer-Funded Time Comes From Testimony Of Cristina Beato
From testimony Cristina Beato gave before the House Oversight Committee as part of the committee's investigation into the politicization of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General:
[BEATO:] But there's more than the travel.
[BEATO:] I got word that the driver was going around picking up his
dry cleaning, okay?
I about fell out of my chair.
Is Featured In An Ad Supporting Carmona's Opponent.
, who supervised Carmona in her role as acting assistant secretary for health and frequently battled with him, told congressional investigators about the alleged incidents while testifying in 2007.
From the Phoenix New Times: "The piece features Cristina Beato, a Cuban immigrant who rose to the ranks of Acting Assistant Secretary of Health under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005 - but wasn't confirmed to that post by the U.S. Senate amid questions that she wasn't truthful about her professional credentials.
[Phoenix New Times, 10/18/12]
: Beato's Resume Included A Number Of Discrepancies.
From the Washington Post: "Cristina V. Beato was named last July as assistant secretary of health, one of the top policy officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, but has yet to explain several discrepancies regarding her credentials.
These include claims that she
served as medical attache at the U.S.
Embassy in Turkey, received a master's degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin
, 'established' an occupational health clinic at the University of New Mexico
and published a scientific paper on inert gases.
At several institutions listed on Beato's résumé, officials said they could find no evidence of her
service, while former colleagues at the University of New Mexico
and an affiliated hospital in Albuquerque disputed assertions she
made, saying at a minimum she
had puffed up her
role in several projects. […] In several instances, Beato's résumé is vague.
Under professional experience, she
lists 'medical consultant' at the Technical-Vocational Institute and Presbyterian Senior Health Spectrum
in Albuquerque and a 12-year relationship with the Sheet Metal Workers in Washington.
None of the organizations has any record on Beato
, nor do officials at the State Department
, who said they have never heard term 'medical attache.' Under educational experience, Beato
lists: 'successful candidate, occupational medicine, MPH (master's of public health), University of Wisconsin, 1995.' A university spokeswoman said the school does not offer such a degree. […] Yet even Beato's friends said it appears that she
gave herself extra credit on her
At the All Faiths Receiving Home in Albuquerque, Executive Director Steve Johnson praised Beato
as a dedicated volunteer physician who provided basic care to the abused and neglected.
was not the medical director, as her
résumé states, he
William Wiese, director of the Institute for Public Health at the University of New Mexico, said it was inaccurate for Beato to say she had 'established' the school's occupational health clinic. 'The clinic existed before she was hired.