April 27, 2017
[Madison, WI]— Senator Baldwin is once again desperately trying to prop up her reelection campaign by distracting from her hypocritical record on Wisconsin’s veterans and offering nothing but talk on issues after failing them. Senator Baldwin’s actions, or lack thereof, speak louder than words.
Check out excerpts of coverage from Media Trackers below or read the full story online here.
The Baldwin Hypocrisy, Part II: Veterans Issues
April 27, 2017
Democrats are pushing the narrative that Republicans are struggling to find a formidable opponent to challenge U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin next year. In fact, with more than a year and a half before the election, there are at least five potential GOP candidates to take on Baldwin. And at this early date it is Baldwin who is already working hard to counter a serious campaign liability: her inaction when tipped off about the Tomah VA opioid scandal. Baldwin’s office was first notified.
Baldwin’s office received an inspection report in the summer of 2014 detailing the high levels of opiates prescribed at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah:
…but there is no indication her office took action on the findings until last week(January, 2015), when she called for an investigation after a news report revealed a veteran died from an overdose at the facility.
The report by the VA inspector general, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY, noted that two practitioners at the center were among the highest prescribers of opiates in a multistate region — at “considerable variance” compared with most opioid prescribers. That, the report said, raised “potentially serious concerns.”
A whistleblower who learned in November, 2014 that Baldwin had had a copy for months and hadn’t acted, repeatedly emailed her office asking that she do something to help the veterans at the center, according to copies of the emails obtained by USA TODAY.
In April, 2015 a fired Baldwin staffer accused her of a cover-up in the Tomah scandal. Baldwin, in an apparent effort to take that scandal out of play in 2018, has recently attempted to endear herself to veterans. This includes Baldwin touring a tiny house village for homeless veterans in Racine, as well as opioid round table events in Wausau and Milwaukee.
And despite what is now known about Baldwin’s early inaction on issues at Tomah, she has since attempted to capitalize on them politically.
Read the full story online here.