- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democrat Russ Feingold has launched an attack ad against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson related to problems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah.

The spot released Thursday comes after a conservative outside group began a $2 million ad buy targeting Feingold on the same issue.

Feingold’s spot criticizes Johnson for saying “job interviews and stuff” prevented his office from quickly responding to the overprescribing of opiates at the facility.

The Freedom Partners Action Fund ad targeting Feingold featured a whistleblower saying Feingold didn’t act in 2009 after receiving a memo about problems there.

Feingold and the person who wrote that memo say Feingold never actually received it.

Johnson’s spokesman says the senator took “swift and decisive action” once he personally learned of problems at the facility.

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