Democrat nominee accuses recipient of last year’s Alzheimer’s Advocate Award of working against those with Alzheimer’s
Richmond, VA, October 26, 2009: Delegate John M. O’Bannon III, M.D. (R-Henrico) today decried the most recent of his Democrat opponent’s negative mail pieces, which 73rd District voters received this weekend.
The latest in a series of negative mailers, all of which were authorized by Tom
Shields and paid for by the Democratic Party of Virginia, claims that John O’Bannon has not only worked against people suffering from Alzheimer’s, but is also to blame for the lack of a cure for this disease.
Although Shields has conducted an almost exclusively negative campaign against O’Bannon since August, the Henrico Delegate, a neurologist, expressed his surprise at the topic and tone of this latest assault.
“Personally, I find the accusation extremely insulting,” O’Bannon commented. “As a neurologist, I have several patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. For a college professor teaching “leadership” to challenge my knowledge of this disease and my commitment to treating it is way out of line. This attack is false, outrageous, despicable and desperate.”
The only practicing physician in Virginia’s House of Delegates, John O’Bannon specializes in the treatment of neurological disorders and has devoted his life to treating people with neurological diseases. As delegate, he has sponsored major biotech legislation promoting stem cell research and supported a budget amendment providing $100,000 for the Richmond Biotech Park. And just last year, Dr. O’Bannon was the recipient of the Alzheimer’s Advocate Award from the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond for his extensive work on behalf of those who suffer from this disease.
“This offensive mailer is further proof that Tom Shields lacks the judgment and temperament to be an elected official. My opponent has yet to bring forth the sort of honest, productive dialogue that he promised in the beginning of his campaign. Rather, he has cheapened the democratic process and shortchanged the voters of the 73rd District by opting to throw mud and spew misinformation.”
Delegate O’Bannon is currently running for reelection to the House of Delegates in the 73rd district, which comprises parts of Henrico County and Richmond. The only doctor in the House of Delegates, O’Bannon has lived and worked in the community for over 30 years and has represented this district since 2001.