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Forrester resume misleads

Posted September 29, 2011
Updated September 30, 2011

UPDATED:  See below

State Senator Jim Forrester (R-Gaston), lead proponent of the anti-same-sex-union amendment set to appear on NC ballots next spring, may have padded the resume he's been running on for many years. 

On both his campaign website and the Gaston County GOP website, Forrester claims to be a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

But Michael Barry, the executive director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, says Forrester is not and has never been a Fellow of the College.

“A Fellow is kind of our highest designation of membership,” Barry explained. “We don’t know Dr. Forrester, so I can’t speak to his motives.”

Barry said it appears Forrester is board-certified with the American Board of Preventive Medicine, which may have caused some confusion. “They may think they’re also a fellow” of that organization, he added. But he couldn’t say why Forrester would’ve said he’s a fellow of ACPM, a separate body from the ABPM.

Barry said ACPM membership director Jennifer Edwards had called Forrester’s home Thursday to ask him to remove the claim from his website. Edwards spoke with the senator’s wife, Mary Frances. “She said they would do that,” Barry relayed.

Forrester did not immediately respond to a request for an explanation.

The story was first reported by Scott Rose, a contributor to the GLBT blog Pam’s House Blend. Forrester drew attention earlier this week after an appearance on gay advocate Michael Signorile’s show on satellite radio, in which the senator was unable to cite the studies backing his claim that gays’ and lesbians’ life expectancy is 20 years less than that of heterosexuals.

The American Medical Association, of which Forrester says he’s a member, is opposed to anti-same-sex-union measures like the one Forrester has sponsored every session since 2004.

As of Friday morning, the accreditation has not been deleted from either his campaign website or his profile on the Gaston County GOP site.

Forrester's resume also says he's an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, but his name does not appear on the associate fellows' list at that organization's website. 

Update: From Aerospace Medical Association membership director Gloria Carter: "Dr. James Forrester was a member but his membership lapsed in 2005 for non-payment of the required annual dues. Dr. Forrester was an Associate Fellow only at that time." 

Update 2: Forrester responds, saying any errors are "inadvertent." 

Update 3:  Forrester's campaign website also says he is a member of the American Medical Association. An AMA spokesperson says Forrester is not currently a member of the group.



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  • jdelapp42 Sep 30, 2011

    In regards to Forrester's association with the Aerospace Medical Association: I had confirmation this morning from the organization's executive director, Jeffrey Sventek, that Forrester had not been a member of the organization for the past six years.

    "It does not seem that this man has done anything wrong, yet somehow a democratic leaning website has managed to waste the juice in my eyeballs to even read this story. Front line news is the amount of money that is currently spent on prisons."

    You mean he didn't do anything wrong other than misrepresenting himself as a member in good standing - in fact, of being amongst the highest ranks of those organizations' members - of multiple medical organizations, when in fact he isn't?

    You mean other than putting forward in support of his anti-homosexuality bill a medical view that is considered completely invalid, and in fact dangerous, by the American Medical Association, an organization in which he holds membership?

  • EliteOne Sep 30, 2011

    "It does not seem that this man has done anything wrong, yet somehow a democratic leaning website has managed to waste the juice in my eyeballs to even read this story. Front line news is the amount of money that is currently spent on prisons."

    What he did wrong: He has lied to attain his position and lied to push an amendment. He also sites motivation from religious advocates - not what anyone in government should be doing. This guy is the reason your prison spending is not front page news. He'd rather spend time & money trying to prevent gay people from getting married, than on any real issues. I believe you just self pwnt yourself.

  • ursulav Sep 30, 2011

    I am thrilled that WRAL is covering this story. Faking your credentials is unacceptable in a politician, particularly one trying to use "I'm a doctor, and I say being gay is unhealthy!" as part of their agenda.

    After all, if he's lying about the small stuff, how can you possibly trust him with the big stuff?

  • atticush Sep 30, 2011

    Standard Operating Prcedure for what's become of the once proud, but now embarrassing, GOP.

  • Come On_Seriously Sep 30, 2011

    Nothing like lying to your constituents to make yourself look good, get elected, and push for big-government-in-the-bedroom-legislation. Makes you wonder what else he is lying about. I'd be looking for another (or a real) doctor and representative.

  • tceawvzwvpev Sep 30, 2011

    He hasn't done anything wrong? He's citing fake research claiming that gay people have life spans 20 years shorter than average in order to justify taking rights away from them. And he's using phony medical credentials to try to lend weight to them. Sounds like front page news to me.

  • jawsofsteel Sep 29, 2011

    This has got to be the most wasteful time spent giving a story. One thing ought to be straight from the get go. It does not seem that this man has done anything wrong, yet somehow a democratic leaning website has managed to waste the juice in my eyeballs to even read this story. Front line news is the amount of money that is currently spent on prisons. North Carolina has budgeted over 3 Billion dollars just to house and feed inmates. Human beings should not be locked up for what amounts to petty crimes. So, your Television got stolen. Quit whining and cash the insurance check and buy another one.