Rep. Boswell responds to occupational title controversy

Published 11:04 am Monday, March 26, 2018

Responding to criticism that she misidentified herself as a registered nurse, North Carolina legislator Beverly G. Boswell sees the recent publicity of her position as a continued campaign to discredit her.

BEVERLY G. BOSWELL is the North Carolina Representative for House District 6, which covers Dare, Hyde, Washington and part of Beaufort counties. (North Carolina General Assembly photo)

According to a media release issued by her campaign manager, Luke Stancil, the statement said Boswell has never personally claimed to be a registered nurse and all official candidate profiles clearly state her profession as a “medical assistant phlebotomist.”

The statement further explained that an overeager campaign volunteer wrote and published the content on the website and Facebook page without Rep. Boswell’s knowledge.

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“I have never introduced myself as a nurse,” said Boswell during a Friday phone interview. “It would be different if I had actually done something. But I’ve been in the cross-hairs ever since I went to the General Assembly.”

The Republican representative for N.C. House District 6, which covers Dare, Hyde, Washington and part of Beaufort counties, moved to the top of everyone’s news feed recently when it was reported her campaign website and a Facebook page incorrectly identified her as a registered nurse. The N.C. Board of Nursing, responding to a citizen complaint, asked her to correct the reference, which has been done.

“Everything is down and has been corrected,” explained Boswell, who added that she does not know how long the incorrect information had been up there. “Volunteers have been retrained and instructed that nothing goes anywhere without my signature.”

Boswell went on to say it seems every little thing gets turned against her.

“They’re out for my blood,” she added. “It doesn’t matter what I do. The left hates me because I’m effective in getting our conservative values pushed. The RINOs hate me because they have their own agenda.”

Frequently criticized for the repeal of a plastic bag ban, Boswell said her bag ban bill was never even heard in committee. The repeal was added to a conference report in the Senate, which she was not part of, and added to an environmental bill that was voted on.

“I had nothing to do with that,” explained Boswell. “I voted for it, and so did others. I voted for it because the bag ban was unconstitutional and we were about to be sued because of an unconstitutional bill. If you follow the environmental bill that passed, my name is not even on it.”

Boswell said there should be no surprise to her vote – at last year’s GOP convention she told everyone what she was going to do.

“I don’t see these concerned citizens going out and protesting to get it banned all over North Carolina,” she continued. “Where were they jumping up and down when I got the Hatteras Bill passed? Where were they jumping up and down when I got the Linen Tax? Where were they jumping up and down when I got tax reform? Where were they jumping up and down when I got the bill for the local Roanoke Island Fire Department? Where was everybody when I stopped 867? That would have closed fishing down.”

Boswell said she categorized herself as a straight-up person who does not try to play the political game.

“If you want lies and pretty actions,” she continued, “I’m not that person. I’m the person that’s going to fight for our values. I fight for improving North Carolina.”

“I’m a female Trump,” Boswell continued. “Whatever I do is wrong.”