Questions about Democrat Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin’s mismanagement of a Veterans’ Administration clinic scandal are only growing after her office refused to meet with the whistleblower who uncovered the misconduct.
Baldwin’s office was the only congressional office that refused to meet with Ryan Honl, who uncovered routine drug overprescription in a Tomah, Wisc. VA.
That information was given to Baldwin, who instead covered it up. A Marine would later die of overprescribed drugs.
What was Baldwin’s involvement in this fatal scandal, and how could it cost Democrats a Senate seat?
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Honl visited the offices of Sen. Ron Johnson (R.), Rep. Ron Kind (D.), Rep. Sean Duffy (R.), and Sen. Baldwin, all representatives from Wisconsin, following the meeting.
“I went over to the Senate and House offices and went in and met with the Johnson people and sat down and got all the time in the world I needed,” said Honl. “We went over VISN (Veterans Integrated Services Network) and the regional reform that needs to happen in the VA about accountability.”…
…Honl then made his way to Sen. Baldwin’s office.
“I went in and said I want to speak with Bill Murat, who is the chief of staff for Tammy Baldwin, because I know him from meeting him in Wisconsin during the clean up immediately after the Tomah VA thing,” he said. “He wasn’t in. Then I said, ‘I’d like to speak with Ken Reidy,'” Baldwin’s deputy chief of staff.
The staffer said they would tell Reidy and then made their way to the back of the office. After being gone for “quite a while,” the staffer returned and said that Reidy was not in the office and would call the front desk.
“I’m standing out in the lobby and basically just let Reidy have it,” he said of their phone conversation. Honl said that Reidy deflected issues to the accountability office.
It’s not the first time Baldwin or her office pretended a Veterans’ Administration scandal didn’t exist.
Baldwin was first elected to Congress in 1999 as a member of the U.S. House, later being elected to the Senate in 2012.
As Tomah was in her district, whistleblowers gave her a memo in 2009 detailing massive prescription drug abuse in the local VA clinic.
Rather than act on the report or forward it to authorities, Baldwin buried the memo and refused to act.
Without the support of their Congresswoman, by the time whistleblowers forced the VA to act, a Marine had already been killed by drug overprescriptions.
Baldwin has since been removed from her seat on the congressional subcommittee that oversees VA clinics.
And that could cost Democrats a Senate seat.
With the scandal swirling, and Baldwin’s role in the Marine’s death only appearing to deepen, liberal groups are now running ads attempting to rewrite history.
The Free Beacon reported:
A lawyer brought in to do crisis control for Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) incorporated a dark money nonprofit group that is now defending the senator’s record over the Tomah VA scandal in the state, records show…
Majority Forward, a nonprofit that does not disclose its donors, is now running ads with VoteVets, a progressive veterans group, in Wisconsin in defense of Baldwin’s record.
“Out-of-state billionaires can play their politics. Wisconsin veterans know the real Tammy Baldwin,” Majority Forward wrote on their Facebook page.
Majority Forward was incorporated in June 2015 by Elias, according to filings with D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Office.