The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) savagely attacked Illinois Senate Democratic candidate and veteran Tammy Duckworth Tuesday for “not standing up for veterans.”
Duckworth lost both her legs during the Iraq War in 2004 after a rocket propelled grenade hit the Blackhawk helicopter she was in, immediately blasting off her right leg and crushing her left.
Duckworth’s Senate campaign fired back a response, saying NRSC’s tweet was “tasteless and dishonest, just like everything else to do with Mark Kirk’s flailing campaign,” Politico reports.
NRSC quickly removed the tweet, but the damage was done.
In response to a query from Politico, Andrea Bozek, spokeswoman for the NRSC, said “It would be great if reporters would pay as much attention to a deleted tweet as they should to Tammy Duckworth being sued by VA whistleblowers for ignoring claims of mistreatment and corruption.”
Duckworth has courted considerable criticism for her time at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. While there, she was named in a lawsuit filed by two employees alleging serious ethics violations. One of the employees said Duckworth fired her after she complained about the acting director at the facility. Another employee reported that Duckworth told her to “do your job and keep your mouth shut” instead of raising concerns about the same exact supervisor.
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