Earlier this week, a rare opportunity presented itself. One ASCRS member presented another ASCRS member with an ASCRS eyePAC check to help fund the latter’s election campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Bill Clifford, MD, MBA, is a candidate to represent Kansas’ 1st Congressional District. Just last year, Dr. Clifford and his partner, Luther Fry, MD, of Fry Eye Associates in Garden City, Kansas, presented the incumbent, Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) with an eyePAC contribution and discussed important policy issues affecting ophthalmology. Rep. Marshall was re-elected in 2018, but in 2020, he is running for the soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat of Pat Roberts (R-KA), who is retiring at the end of this term. Rep. Marshall, himself an obstetrician, personally asked fellow physician Dr. Clifford to run for his House seat. Needless to say, ASCRS is pleased to support his candidacy and looks forward to having an ophthalmologist in the House. Currently, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the only ophthalmologist in Congress.
Drs. Fry and Clifford have long been part of the ASCRS eyeContact volunteer advocacy program. ASCRS and ASOA eyeContacts are actively engaged with elected officials in their communities. Whether it be discussing issues with their Senator while hand-delivering an eyePAC check on behalf of the society, inviting their Representative to visit their practice, hosting a fundraiser for a key candidate, or simply responding to a grassroots action alert, eyeContacts are active to the extent that suits their availability and comfort level.
If you would like to join members like Drs. Fry and Clifford and become an eyeContact, please contact Tami O’Brien, manager of PAC and grassroots, at firstname.lastname@example.org.