Questioning Rand Paul's Board Certification (UPDATED)

Ask a question of candidate Paul-The-Younger, and you get some back-talk?
U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says he is a "board-certified" ophthalmologist -- even though the national clearinghouse for such certifications says he hasn't been for the past five years.

Rand Paul, who practices in Bowling Green, says he is certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology, a group that he incorporated in 1999 and that he heads.

But that entity is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, which works with the American Medical Association to approve such specialty boards.


The Courier-Journal began seeking comment from Paul Tuesday. When the newspaper tried to interview him at two Louisville events Saturday, he wouldn't comment.

"I'm not going to go through all that right now," Paul said while at the Great Eastern National Gun Day Show and JAG Military Show, in Louisville.

Asked when he would talk, Paul said: "Uh, you know, never. ... What does this have to do with our election?"
Oh, come on Rand! You are not helping your cause by being snarky with the media. Who is advising this guy?

Look, I get it; you don't want to go into all of the minutiae that is involved when discussing the myriad of circumstances that led to your decision to let your American Board of Ophthalmology certification lapse (chiefly, that you are certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology, which you founded).

BUT, refusing to ever answer that type of question will likely breed distrust amongst your would-be-constituents. Coming off of your comments regarding the Civil Rights Act, I would be as open and honest as possible, whenever possible.

UPDATE:: Rand Paul responds:
Paul said he disagreed with the American Board of Ophthalmology's decision to "grandfather" in older doctors when it began requiring doctors certified after 1992 to be recertified every 10 years.

"In my protest to the American Board, I asked, 'If the ABO thinks that qualify of care would be improved by board testing every decade, shouldn't this apply to all doctors, not just those of a certain age? In fact, many of us argue that the older ophthalmologists need recertification even more since they are more distant from their training,'" Paul said in the statement to the Washington Post
Head nod: Doug