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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former state director for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat saying Baldwin placed blame about problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center on her.

Marquette Baylor, who was fired in January, in the complaint filed Monday said Baldwin used her as a scapegoat in the office's mishandling of reports of overprescribing of narcotics and retaliatory behavior at the hospital.

Baldwin in February said Baylor was terminated due to long term performance issues that weren't exclusive to her dealing with concerns about the hospital. Baldwin later admitted responsibility for her staff's mishandling of reports.

Baldwin didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson also received reports of wrongdoing at the Tomah VA hospital but didn't immediately respond.

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