[UPDATE 8-14-09: Mayer has admitted to me that she was invited to the town hall meeting via a listserv message sent by a radical Obama supporter who ran an Obama campaign office that displayed a Che Guevara poster. More details here.]
[This post follows up on a previous post in which I questioned the credentials of a woman at a Texas town hall meeting who claimed to be a doctor, but turned out to be anything but. She is a graduate student in social work -- oh, and an Obama delegate. Read on for more.]
It took some work to get the admission, but I got it.
I wrote Roxana Mayer at her University of Houston e-mail address today and said:
Hi, I run a blog at patterico.com and I wanted to ask you some questions regarding your recent attendance at a town hall meeting for Sheila Jackson Lee. Could you write me back when you get a chance?
Mayer responded, from a different e-mail address that was associated with her name:
I like your article. How can I help?
Promising, I thought — so I decided to level a series of questions:
1) Are you the person who attended Jackson Lee’s town hall meeting?
2) Are you a doctor?
3) If not, why did you claim to be one?
4) Were you a Texas delegate for Obama?
5) Why did you go to the town hall meeting?
6) Who encouraged you to go?
7) Did Sheila Jackson Lee’s husband have anything to do with your going?
Thanks for your time.
I suspect you don’t need me to answer the first four…but I’ll say for what it’s worth, I went to get a question answered for myself and two other people close to me who are doctors. Too bad she didn’t answer it. I also went to lend support to the reform effort. It’s easier to be against something especially since anger is such a great motivator.
Also, I have never met the Congresslady or her husband–it’s a big school. I do think this is all very funny because I just assume that if my going had been part of a conspiracy, it would have been more seemlessly executed.
While I’m sure I lack your creativity and passion, I have possessed some spontaneity from time to time.
Let me know if I can help you further,
If I understand what’s going on here, you’re not a doctor, but you play one at town hall meetings.
Is that about it?
And she replied:
Do you mean play a doctor like you play a journalist? Then the answer is no. But who knows, that was only my first town hall meeting–even though I was a delegate. If I go to another one, which I seriously doubt because my husband is already extremely annoyed, then maybe I’ll play a plumber.
More updates to come.
UPDATE: The reporter who wrote the Houston Chronicle story apparently knew that Mayer was an Obama delegate, but didn’t include that detail in her story. Commenter mike in houston says that he wrote reporter Cindy Horswell and received the following response:
This is the name and occupation that she gave when she spoke at the public meeting. She also told me that she was an Obama state delegate and been notified of the meeting by email and did not live in Lee’s district. I have since been trying to see if she misrepresented herself. There is someone by the same name who lists herself as a graduate student and sociologist intern at a Houston council on drugs and alcohol…but that person no longer works there. And do not know if this is the sme person. She may also be a visiting doctor from another state…..Am interested in any information that anyone might have. Best regards, Cindy Horswell
Sorry, Ms. Horswell, she’s not a visiting doctor from another state. And you should have told us she was an Obama delegate.
UPDATE x2: Just to be clear, Mayer specifically represented herself as a “pediatric primary care physician” to the Houston Chronicle, which didn’t bother to check it out, and gave her comments extra weight as a supposed “physician”:
Roxana Mayer at Jackson Lee’s town hall meeting
Here she is on her MySpace page:
I’d say that’s the same person.
UPDATE x3: My previous post on this is here, in case you missed it.
UPDATE x4: Further confirmation (as if it were needed!) from the Lone Star Times:
Our own David Jennings secured a phone interview, in which Mayer admitted to impersonating a physician, saying — get this — she thought it would help her credibility. (It didn’t.)
Weird; her hero Barack Obama also thinks that lying enhances his credibility . . .
You really should read their entire post. The idea that this was all Mayer’s idea seems rather outlandish once you’ve taken it all in.
UPDATE x5: Hey, guess what? They changed the caption on that photo!
Just plain Roxana
Now she’s just plain Roxana Mayer! Don’t see a correction, though. Funny how that works.
Glad I got a screenshot.
Thanks to Scott Jacobs.
UPDATE x6: Courtesy of the Lone Star Times post mentioned above, here is video of Ms. Mayer’s appearance, in which she claims to be a “general practitioner” who has been practicing for “four years”:
Also, again, I highly recommend the Lone Star Times post. Remember the woman who had a Che Guevara poster at an Obama campaign office? You’ll want to read about her. Trust me.