Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

June 27, 2014

Competency of Democratic congressional candidate questioned

MUSKOGEE —

Family members of Earl E. Everett have differing views regarding the competency of the Democratic nominee in the 2nd Congressional District race.

Anita Everett says her husband, who had a stroke in April, is not capable to be a candidate or to hold public office.

“He can’t make decisions for himself. How can he make them for the public,” she said.

Sherry Shropshire said Thursday her father is recovering from the effects of the stroke, but “he is competent to continue running for office.” She said he is doing well in rehab.

Neither Earl Everett nor Shropshire returned calls Friday requesting additional comment. 

Earl Everett, 80, told the Phoenix on Wednesday that he is the subject of guardianship proceedings, which are confidential. His wife and daughter would not comment on those proceedings.

“I do not want to slander my husband’s name,” Anita Everett said. “He is a good person.”

“I feel like my husband needs to be where he can get the therapy he needs, to be on medications that are required by the doctors and not to have the aggravation of having confusion right now,” she said.

Anita Everett gave the Phoenix a copy of a letter she said she requested from Dr. Adam Earhart, D.O., a hospitalist at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center.

In the letter dated May 9, Earhart states Everett had a stroke April 4. According to the letter, Everett “is currently a patient at the Jack C. Montgomery VAMC. He is being treated by our medical team which includes psychiatry and medicine hospitalists. At this time it is our opinion that the patient does not have the capacity to make decisions at this time.”

Attempts to reach Dr. Earhart on Friday were unsuccessful.

A few days before the June 20 primary, Everett told the Phoenix he is ready to govern despite recent health problems. 

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