Don Bivens, the $160,000 Man, Slimes Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona

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Bivens: Spare us and yourself the agony and drop out

Former Arizona Democratic Party Chair Don Bivens will not go gently into that good night, like he should.

Rather, Bivens seems hell-bent on an ugly contest in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate this year. 

Already, he's going negative on former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, the guy President Barack Obama and many Arizona Dems want to head off against a GOPer (likely, U.S. Congressman Jeff Flake) in the fall. 

The Sierra Vista Herald reports that Bivens dissed Carmona during a local meet-and-greet as a Johnny-come-lately Democrat and as "a person who has no real desire to serve."

Ex-squeeze me? Dandy Don Bivens, a hella-wealthy law partner with the big-shot firm of Snell & Wilmer, would be lucky to have a fraction of Carmona's record of public service. 

Let's see, aside from Carmona's four years as Surgeon General, Carmona served his country nobly during the Vietnam War as a Green Beret. 

He was awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars during his stint in the Special Forces. 

And, if you ask me, Bivens owes Carmona an apology for the inaccurate insult, in no small part because of those medals.

Moreover, from 1986 on Carmona was a doctor with the Pima County Sheriff's Department and the head of their SWAT team, earning him praise from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik and an award as one of the nation's "top cops" from the National Association of Police Organizations.

So how can Bivens say that Carmona has "no real desire to serve"? That statement is as dumb as Rush Limbaugh's sexist comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.


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