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Statement From Arthur Lawrence, Former HHS Colleague of Dr. Cristina Beato

Posted: October 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm   /   by

From Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate:

PHOENIX – The Flake campaign today released a statement from Arthur Lawrence, a 37-year career veteran of HHS, who served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health under both Democratic and Republican administrations, regarding Dr. Cristina Beato:

“I became acquainted with Cristi when she came to the department shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and subsequent anthrax releases.   She was truly amazing in her professional and analytic abilities in important aspects of follow-up to the attacks, but particularly in looking out for the welfare of women, children, all minority communities, and persons who do not speak English as their first language.  She provided significant advice and counsel on work that needed to be done to protect all persons at risk, especially the hard to reach and under-served.
“I worked with her throughout her term as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and found her to be direct and honest, a true patriot, and she practiced high personal and professional standards in all of her work and decision making.
“As a member of a refugee Cuban family, Cristi carries with her a unique appreciation and personal knowledge of the importance of honesty, integrity, and forthrightness, characteristics which she practices herself in all that I have observed.”


On Thursday, the Flake campaign began airing an ad statewide on broadcast and cable featuring the personal testimony of Dr. Cristina Beato, who served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Beato recounts the night that Dr. Carmona angrily slammed on her door in the middle of the night in a rage to continue an argument that he started earlier that day.


A Spanish-language version of the ad is airing on Telemundo and Univision. Click this link to view the Spanish version:

Dr. Carmona has responded to Dr. Beato by attacking her, refusing to fully address questions about the incidents that Beato testified about. Carmona’s sit down interview with KPNX-TV’s Brahm Resnik on Thursday illustrates Carmona’s failure to substantively address the allegations made by Beato and other former colleagues about his confrontational behavior:

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at

Statement From Arthur Lawrence, Former HHS Colleague of Dr. Cristina Beato