ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — Lying is never a good idea, but that is especially true when doing it on a large, public scale.

A former candidate for the Florida Legislature acknowledged to state investigators that she lied when she said she was a medical doctor who had removed 77 bullets from 32 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.

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A state Department of Health report released last week shows Catherine “Elizabeth” McCarthy told an investigator that she knew what she did was wrong.

The gun-safety forum in March was attended by U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, along with a sheriff and a Pulse survivor.

Earlier this month, McCarthy withdrew from the 2020 Democratic primary for a Florida House seat that covers suburban Orlando.

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In her withdrawal letter, she cited “professional obligations” as her reason.

Reached by telephone Monday, McCarthy said she couldn’t talk.

Gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 patrons at the gay nightclub.

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