Honl criticizes Feingold for not responding to a April 17, 2009 memo sent out by the American Federation of Government Employees, which outlined many of the problems later reported by the Inspector General. On the memo featured in the ad, the words “hand-delivered to Congressman Kind, Congressman Obey, Senator Feingold” are written out in ink by AFGE Local 0007 President Lin Ellinghuysen.
“I found out that Russ Feingold got a memo in 2009 that outlined veteran harm and nothing was done. Russ Feingold ignored veteran’s concerns while veterans we’re dying at the facility,” says Honl in the ad.
Honl took to Facebook Monday morning to explain why he decided to take part in the ad campaign.
“Russ Feingold, Ron Kind, and the American Federation of Government Employees have answers to give. ‘We didn’t know anything about that’ is not sufficient. ‘I was misinformed’ as the Tomah union president states is not sufficient,” Honl wrote in a statement. “The issues highlighted in the union memo were well known as early as 2009. The union never went to any other political party with any of these concerns because of politics (which it admitted).”