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Vukmir calls Baldwin “Princess Painkiller”, Baldwin campaign outraged

(WKOW) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s campaign is firing back at a comment challenger Leah Vukmir made about the Tomah VA controversy.

Vukmir called Baldwin “Princess Painkiller” in a tweet on Wednesday, saying she failed the veterans by not quickly responding to reports of doctors overprescribing painkillers.

Baldwin has recently spoken openly about her own mother’s battle with mental health issues and drug addiction. She was raised by her grandparents because of those challenges.

Baldwin’s campaign is outraged by Vukmir’s tweet. Campaign manager Scott Spector released the following statement to 27 News on Wednesday night:

“This is a despicable tweet from a flailing, desperate candidate. Leah Vukmir is lying and there is no excuse for making light of the death of a veteran for personal gain. The people of Wisconsin deserve better than this.”

At a campaign appearance Wednesday in Milton, Vukmir told 27 News she doesn’t think the tweet went too far.

“It’s Halloween. We made the example of what was going on here. Look, Tammy Baldwin can’t run away from the fact that she ignored our veterans. I’m a military mom and that hits me pretty close to home,” Vukmir said.

Vukmir says she’s passionate about fixing the Tomah VA issues, which has been a focal point of debates between the two candidates.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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