Ladapo said he suggested he and Polsky meet outdoors where the virus doesn’t spread as easily or sit in the hallway, but she declined.
“I am genuinely saddened by Senator Polsky’s recent diagnosis of breast cancer, and I pray for her and her family and wish them God’s blessings and strength,” Ladapo said.
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The incident has raised howls of criticism from Polsky’s fellow Democrats, who have called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to withdraw his nomination or for the state Senate to reject it.
Ladapo, though, can stay in his position for up to two years even if the Senate doesn’t confirm him.
“I don’t want to see him sitting there as surgeon general this whole time without a proper nomination process, or his nomination should just be pulled,” Polsky told MSNBC on Monday. “This man is not fit to serve as our surgeon general. He certainly didn’t care about my health, so I don’t know how he’s going to care about the public health of 21 million Floridians.”
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.