MALONE — A Franklin County Legislature candidate was suspended from practicing medicine for overprescribing painkillers that may have addicted some patients and profited others.
Dr. Carl Sherwin didn’t contest three of seven charges lodged against him by the State Health Department’s Office of Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline. He said he retired rather than fight the accusations because a legal battle would have cost him $100,000.
He is running for the District 4 seat on the County Legislature against incumbent Republican Marc “Tim” Lashomb.
Sherwin said he has focused his campaign only on the facts.
“Franklin County is in trouble, and that particular aspect (of his career) is not relevant to Franklin County as a whole,” he said.
Sherwin felt the timing of the information becoming public so close to Election Day was no coincidence.
“I have never been in politics, so I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t know how this information got out, but somebody must be a little worried,” he said.
“I’ve made some fairly strong points, and I’m in a position of being supported enough that apparently there is an effort not to respond to the issues but to divert attention.”
‘FOCUS ON ISSUES’
Lashomb said he was not responsible for the information coming to light, and he wants to move past it.
“What we need to focus on are the issues and who is the best person to represent the people of Franklin County in District 4,” the incumbent said.
“If the people feel that Tim Lashomb has done a good job and they want him to continue, then that’s fine.
“But if they want to vote for Carl Sherwin, they can do that,” Lashomb said. “I respect Carl. I’ve known him for years, and my response is that I wouldn’t do something like that (make the suspension known), and I’m not involved in that way, either.