Old feud in Bush administration part of Ariz. race

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 8:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Old political battles are resurfacing for former Surgeon General Richard Carmona (kar-MOH'-nuh) as he seeks to become Arizona's next U.S. senator — as a Democrat, not as a Republican.

Carmona served four years as surgeon general under Republican President George W. Bush. After leaving the administration, he testified before Congress in 2007 that GOP appointees orchestrated his appearances for political gain and muzzled him on hot-button issues like sex education and stem cell research.

His former boss at the Health and Human Services Department, Cristina Beato, accused Carmona of lying and billing the government for frequent trips to events in Arizona and California, where he owned homes.

Those allegations are being revisited now that Carmona is seeking to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl (keyel) of Arizona.

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