Beat Goes On For Florida Doc: McKalip To Step Down As AMA Delegate

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July 24, 2009 2:00 p.m.

The fallout from David McKalip’s racist email showing President Obama as a witch doctor continues.

A Florida newspaper reports that the prominent St. Petersburg neurosurgeon has said he’ll step down from the influential post of delegate to the American Medical Association, saying “I think people will wonder if they can trust me.”

The AMA position gave McKalip a role in shaping the national platform of the doctor’s lobby. The AMA yesterday had issued a statement distancing itself from the email.Earlier today, McKalip, a energetic conservative activist, had announced he’s stepping down as incoming president of the Pinellas County Medical Association, and that he’ll withdraw from the public debate over health-care reform.

He has also been slammed by the Florida Medical Association, which accused him of committing an “egregious deed.”

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