Laurie Edwards-tate v. Palomar Health District
Ms. Edwards-Tate is a public official who obtains rights under the First Amendment and California Constitution to convey these concerns to her constituents. Ms. Edwards-Tate argues that she has a moral obligation as an elected official to serve her constituents by making them aware of her concerns about what is being done with their tax dollars.
This expressed opinion was contrary to hospital administration’s desired messaging. Subsequently, counsel for the hospital emailed Director Edwards-Tate recommending she be investigated for her public comments to her constituents that were not “coordinated” with the hospital’s legal counsel and media relations team.
Ms. Edwards-Tate believes that she has a moral obligation as an elected official to serve her constituents properly by making them aware of her concerns about what is being done with their tax dollars.
‘Palomar Health in Escondido on Oct. 25, 2022. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler’
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