Concerned Veterans For America is launching an ad campaign targeting five Senate Democrats in tough reelection races.
The six-figure “Walk the Walk” campaign — aimed at Sens. Kay HaganKay Hagan Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (N.C.), Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race MORE (La.), Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenMattis's views on women in combat takes center stage Tillerson won't rule out Muslim registry Schumer: If Trump agrees Russia behind hacking, let's boost sanctions MORE (N.H.), Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (Ark.), Mark WarnerMark WarnerSenate Intel panel to probe Trump team's ties to Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report Blackout forces brief delay in Pompeo confirmation hearing MORE (Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidRyan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare Keith Ellison picks ex-DNC Latino as press secretary MORE (Nev.) — is meant to pressure the lawmakers into backing the 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, which passed the full House 390-33 last week.
Landrieu, Shaheen, Pryor and Warner have all signed onto a similar measure being proposed by Sen. Mark Rubio (R-Fla.) that would give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, be it Shinseki or his successor, more leeway to dismiss officials found to be incompetent for offenses such as mismanagement and sexual harassment.
Hagan and Shaheen have already asked for Shinseki to resign. Other Senate Democrats in competitive reelection contests have also called on the secretary to step down, including Sens. Al FrankenAl FrankenWHIP LIST: How many Dems will back Sessions? Franken to oppose Sessions FCC takes aim at AT&T, Verizon over 'zero-rating' services MORE (Minn.), Mark UdallMark UdallLive coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics Gardner's chief of staff tapped for Senate GOP campaign director MORE (Colo.) and John Walsh (Mont.).