Tomah whistleblower says it's 'immoral' to vote for Baldwin

Widow of veteran defends Baldwin

MILWAUKEE - The widow of a veteran who died at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center is defending Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin after another veteran said it would be "immoral" to vote for her.

Heather Simcakoski said Thursday that it is "shameful" that her husband Jason's death in 2014 from the over-prescription of opioids at Tomah is being used by Baldwin's opponents.

She was specifically reacting to comments by Ryan Honl, a former worker at Tomah who blew the whistle on problems at the hospital. The Republican Honl on Wednesday issued a statement saying it would be "immoral" to vote for Baldwin because of how she reacted to Tomah.

But Heather Simcakoski says Baldwin worked with her family to fix problems at the VA and she called on Honl and others criticizing Baldwin to "stop talking about my husband's death."

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