the March 25, 2015 file photo, Sen. Tammy Baldwin
speaks at a news conference in Washington. A former
state director for Baldwin has filed an ethics
complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat saying she
placed blame about problems at a Department of
Veterans Affairs medical center on her.
A former deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat on
Monday, saying Baldwin unfairly faulted her for mishandling
reports of problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs
Baylor, who was fired in January, said in the complaint to
the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics that Baldwin used
her as a scapegoat in the office's mishandling of reports of
overprescribing of narcotics and retaliatory behavior at the
Baldwin immediately sought to place the blame squarely on
me," Baylor said in the complaint. "I was being
let go because my job performance was not 'the Tammy Baldwin
said in February that Baylor was terminated due to long-term
performance issues that weren't exclusive to her dealing
with concerns about the Tomah hospital. The senator later
admitted responsibility for her staff's mishandling of
Baldwin's spokesman, said in a statement Monday that Baylor
was choosing to be used as a pawn by Baldwin's Republican
It is up to
the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics to decide if it
will take up an investigation into Baylor's complaint.
medical center is at the center of probes by the VA, the VA
Office of the Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement
Administration. A VA report last month concluded that
patients at the facility were more likely than patients at
other VA hospitals to receive high doses of pain killers.
The report also said there was an atmosphere of fear among
staff members that affected patient care.
in her complaint that Baldwin instructed her Chief of Staff
Bill Murat to fire Baylor and offer her a severance package
that included a confidentiality clause. Baylor said if she'd
been able to perform her role without intervention by Murat,
"the issues surrounding the Tomah VA Medical Center
would have been identified and addressed long ago."
her team tried to address the issues at the Tomah facility,
but Murat prevented them from doing so. Baylor did not
explain her claim in the written complaint and did not
immediately respond to a voicemail requesting a comment
Ron Johnson also received reports of wrongdoing at the Tomah
VA hospital, but didn't immediately respond.