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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:22 AM
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My podiatrist has a Xmas card from Rick Santorum
Yesterday I went to the foot doctor (nothing wrong with my dogs, but I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and was referred for an initial checkup). As a point of reference, I live in Houston.

In the examination room there were several photos of my doctor, Jeffrey Ross, running in the NYC Marathon, going back to 1983.

And one of him jogging with my state's governor, Rick Perry. It is signed "To my Mentor and Friend".

OK, I thought; I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he went to Texas A&M with Goodhair, or treated his feet or something.

So Dr. Ross finally comes in (at 4:35; my appointment was for 3 pm) and greets me warmly and explains things in great detail -- in short, makes a wonderful first impression. In fact, he has the best bedside manner of any doctor I've had in my life.

He's originally from Rhode Island; is a big Red Sox fan; we talk about Pedro and Renteria and such. By this time I have forgotten about the picture on the wall behind me.

So we complete the examination and I go to the front and make a follow-up appt. and arrange for a visit to the orthotics store and blahblahblah, and while I am on the way out I see a door full of Christmas cards and family photos and such and walk over to look at them.

I see Orlando Sanchez and family (a former city councilman and GOP candidate for Houston mayor an election cycle back). I see Mayor Bill White and his family (White is a former state Democratic party chairman, but he is a conservative Dem and goes out of his way to be non-partisan these days).

I see Senator John Cornyn and his family (this one starts to rankle me. Cornyn is not only a zealot but he's also a complete moron).

Then I see a Christmas card from Rick Santorum and his family.

Now how exactly does a foot doctor in Texas get on Rick Santorum's Xmas card list?

By doanting a lot of money to his campaign, I'm guessing.

I have a call in to Dr. Jeffrey Ross, but I don't expect he's going to call me back. And I don't expect I'll be keeping my appointment in February with him, either.
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cmf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:25 AM
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1. Yep. Time to find a new podiatrist
Doctors are usually Repubs, but hopefully you can find one that doesn't parade his chumminess with the scum of the earth all over his office.
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:30 AM
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2. Definitely. FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR. nt
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:32 AM
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3. And tell him WHY you are no longer his patient.
These crapheads need to know their arrogance has consequences.
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Norquist Nemesis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:32 AM
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4. Good for you! Be sure and tell him you're standing up for
your moral values and principles in making this decision. :)
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:32 AM
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5. Too bad
Finding a good doctor who listens and engages with a patient is always nice, but there are a lot of them out there. When you talk to the doctor's staff person to explain that you're breaking the appointment, be sure to mention the reason and indicate that you're fully available to discuss this with the doctor if he would like (and be serious about that).

There's no reason to spend your money supporting this man as long as you have a choice.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:43 AM
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6. Jeffrey Ross, physican, Bellaire TX
Edited on Thu Dec-16-04 10:44 AM by lwfern
Pasted from www.opensecrets.org

ROSS, JEFFERY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
DOCTOR
3/26/1999
$500
Americans for a Republican Majority

ROSS, JEFFERY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SELF-EMPLOYED/PODIATRIC SURGEON
9/5/2002
$250
Americans for a Republican Majority

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SELF/PEDIATRIC SURGEON
6/29/2004
$250
Ryun, Jim

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SELF/PHYSICIAN
5/26/2004
$250
Poe, Ted

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SELF/PEDIATRIC SURGEON
7/9/2002
$250
Ryun, Jim

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
8/23/2000
$250
Ensign, John

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
DOCTOR
8/24/1999
$250
Whitman, Christine Todd

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
DOCTOR
8/23/2000
$250
Franks, Bob

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
PHYSICIAN
9/28/1999
$250
Wilson, Heather

ROSS, JEFFREY
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
10/19/1999
($162)
Whitman, Christine Todd

ROSS, JEFFREY A
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
DPM FACFAS
4/26/1999
$500
Ryun, Jim

ROSS, JEFFREY A
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
4/23/1999
$250
Santorum, Rick

ROSS, JEFFREY A
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
2/24/2000
$250
Licht, Richard A

ROSS, JEFFREY A
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
D P M F A C F A S
4/5/2000
$250
Ryun, Jim

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SELF-EMPLOYED/PHYSICIAN
7/3/2003
$2,000
Bush, George W

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
PHYSICIAN
4/5/1999
$1,000
Bush, George W

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
PHYSICIAN
11/7/2000
$1,000
Republican National Cmte

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
3/8/2002
$250
Cornyn, John

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
PODIATRIC SURGEON
9/27/2002
$250
Cornyn, John

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SELF-EMPLOYED/PODIATRIST
4/29/2002
$250
American Podiatry Assn

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
PODIATRIC SURGEON
7/19/1999
$250
Kyl, Jon

ROSS, JEFFREY A DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SURGEON
5/9/2000
$250
Gorton, Slade

ROSS, JEFFREY DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
MEDICAL CENTER FOOT SPECIALISTS
9/9/2000
$250
Lazio, Rick A

ROSS, JEFFREY DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
PHYSICIAN
11/19/1999
$250
Reiser, Tom

ROSS, JEFFREY L
AUSTTIN,TX 78731
ALEREON INC./BUSINESS MANAGER
5/19/2004
$250
Rosenberg, Andy

ROSS, JEFFREYA DR
BELLAIRE,TX 77401
SELF-EMPLOYED
10/2/2002
$500
RNC/Repub National State Elections Cmte





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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:43 AM
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7. well the evidence supports him being a republican
but it's up to you if you want to stay with him. If you are comfortable with him and he does a good job--are you able to look beyond his politics?
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:55 AM
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8. There is NO FUCKING WAY
and if I'd known it beforehand I wouldn't have gone to see him in the first place.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 11:42 AM
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11. then you answered the question
and I'm assuming you are moving on.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 10:56 AM
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9. It's not a matter of looking beyond his politics
It's a matter of looking beyond what you are indirectly funding.
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 11:38 AM
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10. I'm so glad
My podiatrist is a Democrat.
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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 03:13 PM
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12. I enjoyed meeting you last night
Thanks for arranging the meet.

I hope that you find another foot doctor who is not as right wing. Santorum is truly a scary person.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 03:53 PM
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13. Most Physicians Are Republicans...
Some times the physician who literally saved my mom's life makes Republican talking points during her visit but besides that he's true salt of the earth...


He overcame childhood polio to become a physician...


He's one of the few Republicans I truly like and respect...
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-04 04:47 PM
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14. If he donates money to Rick Santorum, then I wouldn't trust his judgement
in ANY endeavor. I hope you find another doctor soon!
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