CHICAGO - On Monday, The Washington Free Beacon released a breaking report revealing an email (below) from Tammy Duckworth showing what looks like an attempt to cover up the firing of a whistleblower during her tenure at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. The email shows Duckworth acknowledging she "screwed up" in trying to fire the whistleblower, but encouraged her staff to find what they could to justify her decision after the fact.
In a press release, Congressman Joe Walsh responded, "Duckworth's blatant abuse of power in attempting to fire a whistleblower was bad enough. The fact that she then tried to cover it up by encouraging her staff at the Illinois VA to dig up what they could to justify her mistake is even more sickening. An innocent woman had the courage to report illegal political campaigning on taxpayer property and this is what Tammy Duckworth does?"
"If we are going to fix the problems we face in our country and Illinois, we need to change the culture of corruption that governs our state," continued Walsh. "Ms. Duckworth clearly had no problem fitting in with the Blagojevich administration by trying to cover up her attempts to fire a whistleblower. Now Ms. Duckworth finds herself in court for her actions."
Walsh concluded, "The people of the 8th district deserve better than a machine politician that tells a whistleblower 'keep your mouth shut and you can keep your job.' Ms. Duckworth has made it apparent that she isn't willing to come clean with voters about her actions in the Blagojevich administration, but I'm hopeful voters will reject these same antics that make Illinois a national punch-line. Instead of denying that this case even exists, like she did when I first confronted her with it, on behalf of the voters of the 8th district, I demand Ms. Duckworth speak out about what her role was in the firing and why she felt the need to cover it up after the fact. The voters of the 8th district deserve to know why before they vote Tuesday."