Veterans group targets vulnerable Senate Dems

Concerned Veterans For America is launching an ad campaign targeting five Senate Democrats in tough reelection races. 

The group's Wednesday announcement came the same day that embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric ShinsekiEric ShinsekiVeterans group blasts VA secretary, despite words of regret Cruz: VA secretary 'should resign' VA secretary refuses to apologize for Disney comments MORE saw most of his remaining support on Capitol Hill ebb after the release of a damaging interim IG report that found “inappropriate scheduling practices systemic throughout” the agency.

The six-figure “Walk the Walk” campaign — aimed at Sens. Kay HaganKay HaganFULL SPEECH: Michelle Obama hails Clinton's experience Photo finish predicted for Trump, Clinton in North Carolina Are Senate Republicans facing an election wipeout? MORE (N.C.), Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuTrump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator La. Senate contender books seven-figure ad buy MORE (La.), Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenFive takeaways from New Hampshire Senate debate Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs Obama signs 'bill of rights' for rape survivors into law 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 WarnerOvernight Healthcare: How GOP could help fix ObamaCare | Cures bill in jeopardy | Senators unveil Medicare reforms Senators unveil bipartisan Medicare reforms Start-ups push to ease taxes on stock options MORE (Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFive takeaways from New Hampshire Senate debate Democrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Senate Democratic super PAC sets fundraising record 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 FrankenFCC privacy rules veer off course in eleventh hour White House contest casts shadow over mega-deal Obama takes aim at workers’ non-compete agreements MORE (Minn.), Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (Colo.) and John Walsh (Mont.).