Is calling on Senator Baldwin to apologize
February 28, 2018
[Madison, WI] — A veteran who didn’t approve of his image being used in a pro-Tammy Baldwin advertisement is asking for an apology. Michael Marquette, who served overseas, objects to his image being used in the advertisement and is calling on the group to take down the ad. Marquette was specifically critical of Baldwin’s handling of the opioid crisis at the Tomah VA Medical Center, where Baldwin sat on the official government report documenting the over-prescription of opioids to veterans at Tomah.
Read the full story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online here or find excerpts below.
Green Bay attorney and veteran objects to his image being used in a pro-Tammy Baldwin ad
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 27, 2018
Green Bay attorney Michael O. Marquette is proud of his years of military service and normally has no problem with someone using a photo that shows him in uniform.
But when the group VoteVets.org recently ran an advertisement in support of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Marquette wasn’t very happy.
The only problem: Marquette, who deployed to Panama, Bosnia and Iraq and retired from the U.S. Army reserve as a lieutenant colonel, said no one asked him if he wanted to be in the ad.
The photo was snapped several years ago, Marquette said.
Marquette said he wants the group to take the current ad down, “acknowledge they used my likeness without my permission” and “acknowledge I do not support Tammy Baldwin and my likeness was used in a political ad against my will without my permission.”
He added it would be “real swell” if Baldwin apologized, too.
Marquette said he questioned Baldwin’s handling of the opioid crisis at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The ad praised Baldwin’s work on veterans issues and Tomah.
Read the full story online here.