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Florida Democrats walkout as Joseph Ladapo nomination advances

Dr. Joseph Ladapo
Posted at 11:58 AM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 11:58:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Democrats walked out of a state Senate confirmation hearing for Dr. Joseph Ladapo Wednesday morning, calling it a sham.

In a tweet, the Florida Senate Democrats referred to Ladapo as a doctor of disinformation.

Governor DeSantis selected Ladapo to be the next surgeon general in September. At that time he was a controversial choice due to op-eds he had written during the COVID-19 pandemic questioning the efficacy of shutdowns, publicly supported hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 in 2020, said vaccine mandates can't stop COVID's spread, and said: "tools for stopping variants are limited and, like masks and distancing, vaccines are not a panacea."

During the confirmation hearing, Ladapo would not directly answer whether or not he believed the COVID-19 vaccine was effective. Following the walkout, Ladapo's nomination was advanced by the GOP members remaining in the Senate.