It is not often that I publicly endorse candidates, but I must do so for Dr. Spencer Price, savaged in this paper, which usually sabotages the more conservative and endorses the more liberal candidates (no secret there)! Spencer was one of my brightest students in medical school at Mercer, excelling scholastically as well as expressing understanding and concern for sick fellow human beings — traits of a truly compassionate physician and human being. Since that time, he has served in the military honorably and practiced medicine admirably. Spencer may have had financial difficulties and a business deal that did not pan out, but these were resolved and aren’t suspect — unlike the shenanigans of several chronic, recurrent local politicians, many of whom The Telegraph repeatedly endorses.
Most telling is what The Telegraph failed to mention: Price is a 19-year veteran of the Georgia Army National Guard; completed combat rotations in Iraq and in Afghanistan; is a flight surgeon and former member of NASA Space Operations Medical Support Team; participated in several Space Shuttle support missions and training exercises; is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars; and is strong pro-Second Amendment.
Spencer has expressed concern for the state of politics in Middle Georgia, which he intends to correct with leadership and hard work. He isn’t a rich lawyer but a modest physician and military veteran, who would truly represent us with common sense, dignity and conservative values more akin to those of his constituents in Middle Georgia than a lawyer-litigator with ties to Atlanta. Some local Republicans support Price’s opponent, simply because they expect him to win supported by big money and influence — but the contest is not over yet. Spencer Price deserves your vote and financial support in the upcoming Georgia state Senate District 18 election.
Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is associate editor-in-chief and a world affairs editor of Surgical Neurology International and author of “Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise.”
This letter to the editor was published in the Macon Telegraph on May 7, 2014.
Copyright ©2014 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.