Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth Says Shinseki ‘Has To Go’

President Barack Obama, flanked by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, right, and Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth, holds their hand to their hearts during the retiring of colors at the conc... President Barack Obama, flanked by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, right, and Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth, holds their hand to their hearts during the retiring of colors at the conclusion of the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Paralyzed Veterans of America President Gene Crayton is at left in foreground. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) MORE LESS
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Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Friday became the latest Democrat on Capitol Hill to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, her former boss at the embattled department.

Duckworth, who lost both her legs on a combat mission during the Iraq War, made her comments to the Washington Post.

“Our first priority should be the veterans and at this point whether Secretary Shinseki will stay or go is too much of a distraction,” the congresswoman said. “I think he has to go. He certainly loves veterans, but it’s time for new leadership, it’s time to get someone in who will put veterans first. We’ve moved away from veterans being the primacy of the conversation. It’s now a political discussion and that’s now where it should be when it comes to our nation’s heroes.”

Duckworth, who served as an assistant secretary for public affairs and intergovernmental relations at the VA before she was elected to Congress in 2012, said she reached those conclusions after reading the Inspector General’s damning report on wait times at the veterans hospital in Phoenix.

It’s yet another political blow for Shinseki, whose future at the department has grown increasingly uncertain. Democrats have abandoned him in droves this week following the release of the report. As of Thursday, 11 Democratic senators had called for his resignation.

Shinseki is slated to meet with President Obama on Friday.

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  1. Good grief; you too Tammy? Really???

  2. Trump it comes down to this unfortunally thats why they are Demowinps.

    As a GOPer member of Congress explained some years ago, bipartisanship consists of the Democrats doing what the GOP tells them to do.

  3. Looks like Shinseki is as good as gone.

    And to put a positive light on this, it proves the Democrats are willing to hold their own accountable, how many Republicans did you hear wanting Rummy’s scalp after not sending our troops over into Iraq with the adequate body armor they needed?

  4. I didn’t think he would survive this scandal which is a real shame.

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