Thursday, August 16, 2007

MN Congressional Seat Showdown
Candidate Brian J. Davis Responds Here

Dr. Brian J. Davis is running in Minnesota for a U.S. Congressional seat against Tim Walz (who is part of the DFL -Democratic Farmer's Labor Party...which, quite frankly, I had never heard of).

Dr. Davis' bio is far beyond impressive. The Deaniacs extolled his virtues just for being a doctor, but Brian Davis has a degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Mater's AND PhD from MIT in mechanical Engineering, and a MD/PhD in Medicine. He currently practices oncology at the Mayo Clinic. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty impressed... I mention this because his role as a doctor (aka a medical authority) has recently come into play on some sites in the left'o'sphere...

A site called The Bluestem Prairie recently published this little blurb posting some (I assume) rhetorical questions for the campaigning Doctor.

"Mayo cancer doc Brian Davis came out with his views:

Mayo Clinic cancer physician Brian Davis said he was committed to conservative values like protecting life, stem cell research, no same-sex marriages, securing our borders and remaining offensive in the Global War on Terror.

“You don’t need to destroy a human embryo to do stem cell research,” Davis explained.

This is interesting. Brian J. Davis was in Walz's DC office in April on behalf of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology(ASTRO) to discuss Walz's position about stem cell when he told Walz of his potential plans to challenge him in 2008, according to the Rochester Post Bulletin. The Cancer Leadership Council includes ASTRO among supporters of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Will Davis continue to be active in an organization that supports legislation to expand embryonic stem cell research? We're curious if he shared ASTRO's agenda with New Ulm's GOP funsters, or confided his opposition to embryonic stem cell research with Congressman Walz back in April while lobbying on behalf of ASTRO."

I am sure they assumed that these questions would never be answered by the candidate. They were wrong. Dr. Davis took the time to answer their questions (and to his great credit seems to recognize the importance of blogs in elections) and sent his answers here:

1. Will Davis continue to be active in an organization that supports legislation to expand embryonic stem cell research?

Yes, I anticipate remaining active in this organization. While I may take issue with ASTRO's stance on this particular issue, I remain supportive of the broader aims of the organization as they relate to providing quality cancer care to our patients and supporting cancer research.

2. We're curious if he shared ASTRO's agenda with New Ulm's GOP funsters.

No, this was not a topic of discussion at the meeting in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota with the group from New Ulm and elsewhere.

3. Did Davis confide his opposition to embryonic stem cell research with Congressman Walz back in April while lobbying on behalf of ASTRO?

No, our discussions were focused primarily on the specific legislative agenda of ASTRO's at that time. This agenda did not include any references to embryonic stem cell research. Nonetheless, Congressman Walz shared some of his views on embryonic stem cell research but did not inquire about mine. Consequently, I did not take the time to relate my personal views to him on this matter.


Congressman Walz has an admirable bio too, but when it comes to matters of medical research I don't see how a former teacher can challenge a doctor that has been there hands on. When we have a debate about China, we'll be sure to call Tim Walz... Until that time I want to thank candidate Brian Davis for coming to the bloggers first with his response.

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