New Vukmir TV ad says Baldwin has ‘some nerve,’ hits Dem on Tomah VA

Republican Leah Vukmir charges in her latest TV ad that Dem U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has “some nerve” after accusing her of not caring about patients.

Baldwin, D-Madison, has knocked Vukmir, a state senator from Brookfield, in TV ads that charge she would allow insurance companies to deny coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

The new ad features Vukmir sitting on a stool, talking directly into the camera.

“Saying a nurse doesn’t care about patients? You knew about the opioid crisis at the Tomah VA, and you did nothing,” Vukmir says.

The GOP candidate adds a veteran died and Baldwin “offered taxpayer dollars in exchange for silence,” hiring an attorney who also worked for Hillary Clinton to “cover it up.”

“I’ve spent my life helping patients,” Vukmir says to close the spot. “You’ve spent yours playing politics, and it cost veterans their lives.”

A whistleblower contacted Baldwin’s office in March 2014 over concerns that painkillers were being overprescribed at the Tomah VA. Baldwin received an inspector general’s report on an investigation into the prescription practices in August 2014, but didn’t make it public, and a veteran being treated at the hospital died from mixed use toxicity the day after she received the report. Baldwin later disciplined several aides.

Vukmir’s campaign said the ad will run across the state.

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