I knew Tammy Baldwin would be a disaster as the junior U.S. senator from Wisconsin. It was a given.
She's worse than I feared.
From WKOW, via WXOW:
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) refused an interview with 27 News Monday regarding the growing controversy over the way her office handled reports of the over-prescription of opiates at the VA clinic in Tomah.Baldwin respresents the people of Wisconsin. She must be held accountable for her actions and inactions as a senator.
Sen. Baldwin responded to our interview request with a statement she had previously sent to several of the state's largest newspapers on Sunday.
"We should have done a better job listening to and communicating with another constituent with whom we were working on problems at the VA," Baldwin wrote in the statement. "I take full responsibility for any mistakes we made because I not only share his belief that the report's conclusion fell short, but I also share his commitment to exposing problems at the VA and working on solutions."
Sen. Baldwin's office received a report on the problems in August from the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general. Sen. Baldwin shared the report with a constituent but didn't publicize it more widely until last week, after a report was published on the death of a Marine Corps veteran being treated at Tomah.
Baldwin then called on the VA secretary to order a comprehensive investigation at the Tomah clinic.
Two Republican state representatives wrote to Baldwin asking her why she didn't do more with the report.
Sen. Baldwin's office is also refusing to comment on or confirm a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that her deputy state director, Marquette Baylor, was fired over the handling of the issue last Thursday.
From AP, via FOX6 News:
Baldwin says she accepts responsibility for mistakes made by her office and believes a 2014 investigation fell short in exposing problems at the medical center.Just how much "responsibility for mistakes made by her office" is Baldwin willing to take?
A 35-year-old former Marine died of an overdose in the center’s inpatient care unit in August.
A former Marine died related to what was happening at the Tomah facility.
It's not too much to expect Baldwin to do more than issue a statement.
Interviews are in order, but she's denying that access.
Yes, Baldwin is the disaster I expected her to be.