$90K on a “political fixers” for damage control
Earlier last month yet another bomb dropped in the Tomah VA Scandal. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D – Wisc.) spent nearly $90,000 on damage control services from one of Hillary Clinton’s top “political fixers” in 2015, when abuses at the Tomah VA medical center led to the death of a Marine.
It started in 2009, when a memo circulated warning that the Tomah VA chief of staff was prescribing dangerous levels of narcotics. Five years later, a Marine received a prescription for a deadly level of drugs and overdosed.
The following year, it was discovered that Baldwin had received an inspector general report detailing abuses at the medical center, yet neglected to take action until after the veteran died. Her office also reportedly received desperate calls from a whistleblower asking her to do something about the deadly abuses at the Tomah VA, yet Baldwin and her staff did nothing.
That’s when things started to get really ugly. Baldwin tried to make her deputy state director, Marquette Baylor, take the fall, firing her and offering her a lucrative severance package if she signed a confidentiality agreement (Baylor rejected the offer). It was also when Washington, D.C. attorney Marc Elias came into the picture. Baldwin tapped Elias, a “go-to fixer” for Democrats, to try to put out the fire from the scandal.
Two years later, however, the fact that her campaign committee shelled out $87,779 for Elias’ services isn’t doing her public image any favors. The failure at Tomah lives on. Rather than coming clean about everything that happened and working to fix the problems plaguing veterans at the Tomah VA, it appears she tried to save her own reputation.
Don’t our vets deserve just the opposite response from our elected officials?
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