Rand Paul

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Do you remember back in 2008, when we found out that the GOP's rising star "Joe the Plumber" wasn't named Joe and wasn't a licensed plumber? Well, this is kind of like that...but better.

The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) dug into Rand Paul's medical background, and found out that he's not board-certified in Ophthalmology--at least not from the real certification board--and therein lies an interesting story. Kent Sepkowitz at The Daily Beast notes that Paul "organized his own certifying program for ophthalmology:"

He then appointed himself president of the group, which he named the National Board of Ophthalmologists, and better yet, declared his wife (not a doctor) VP and his father-in-law secretary. Talk about convenient!

He calls Paul's decision "slimy, lazy, self-serving, and, important to remember as we sink deeper into his muck, revealing of the real reason for his me-against-the-Man schtick."


update:
Steve Benen at Washington Monthly and Joe Conason at Salon both noted Paul's reticence about discussing his claimed certifications:

The Louisville Courier-Journal sought comment from Paul on this, the candidate said he was unwilling to "go through all that right now." Asked when he might be willing to discuss his own professional background, Paul said, "Uh, you know, never."

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