DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall is calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK'-ee) to resign.
Udall becomes the first Democratic senator to make such a demand in the ongoing scandal over VA medical care. He made his statement Wednesday on Twitter after the release of an internal report that found the VA systemically delayed care to wounded veterans and manipulated records to cover it up.
The VA's inspector general is investigating 42 VA facilities across the country. It found the average wait time for care at the Phoenix VA hospital was 115 days.
In his tweet Udall said, quote, "In light of IG report & systemic issues" Shinseki should step down.
Udall faces a tight re-election race against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner.