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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin ignored the serial abuse of veterans, and now she's paying thousands of dollars to hope you never find out about it.
Here's what happened. As the conservative journalism website Watch Dog noted at the time:
The Department Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Office released a report finding psychiatrists at the facility failed to discuss the health hazards of synthetic opiates they prescribed to Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski.
The 35-year-old Simcakoski died in August 2014 after he was prescribed a fatal mixture of opiates and Valium, although the report did leave open the possibility Simcakoski could have taken additional doses.
“This report confirms that the Tomah VA physicians entrusted with Jason’s care failed to keep their promise to a Wisconsin Marine and his family,” Baldwin stated in her stern news release. “I have all the evidence I need to conclude that the VA prescribed Jason a deadly mix of drugs that led to his death and that those responsible for this tragic failure should never again serve our veterans and their families.
“The sacred trust we have with those who faithfully serve our country has been broken and it needs to be fixed,” she added.
Here's the thing: Baldwin was the only member of Congress to receive notice of the serial abuses at the Tomah VA, and did absolutely nothing with it. Now that she's facing the prospect of a tough re-election in increasingly red Wisconsin, she's taking action. As the Washington Free Beacon's Joe Schofstall reports:
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) paid Hillary Clinton's campaign lawyer $90,000 for crisis control following a Veteran Affairs facility scandal that engulfed the senator and her staff.
It was later discovered that Baldwin was the only member of Congress from Wisconsin to receive the inspector general report on the abuses at Tomah. Baldwin did not take action until it became public nearly four months later and the veteran had died.
Marquette Baylor, the former deputy state director for Baldwin, was fired from her position following the controversy. Baylor was offered a severance package if she were to sign a confidentiality agreement on the matter. Baylor rejected the offer.
Baldwin tapped Marc Elias, a partner at the D.C.-based Perkins Coie law firm, to help with crisis control on the scandal.
Elias is considered the "go-to fixer" for Democrats and was behind Soros-backed lawsuits against voter identification laws in numerous states leading up to the 2016 presidential election, including a lawsuit in Wisconsin. Elias was serving as Hillary Clinton's top campaign lawyer at the time he was brought in to help Baldwin.
Baldwin is in for the fight of her political life. Wisconsin, once a reliable purple state, is trending red. The state went hard for Donald Trump's agenda, which was about putting Americans first. We hope that we're correct to assume that this means taking care of those who put their lives on the line to keep America safe. Baldwin has shown that the only thing that matters to her is her own career.